TWO brothers who were caught smuggling a stun gun, four knuckle dusters and a sword stick through one of Scotland’s busiest airport have been fined a total of £3,300.
Gary Cook,28, and his sibling Callum,32, were stopped with the arsenal of weapons by UK Border Agency staff at Edinburgh Airport in September 2013.
The city’s sheriff court heard on Tuesday how the pair had bought the goods back to Scotland from a family holiday in Bulgaria.
The court heard how the two men were detained by British government officials at the airport’s baggage reclaim. They were arrested after the weapons were found in their bags.
The story emerged after the Cooks, of Methil, Fife, pleaded guilty to breaching the Customs and Excise Management Act and the illegal possession of weapons.
Depute procurator fiscal Mina Poppius told the court that the pair were stopped at 10am on the morning of September 23 2013.
They had just gotten off a flight from the southern European state with their parents.
The court heard that the pair confessed to Border Agency officials that they had the weapons in their possession. Gary, who has previous convictions, told staff that he didn’t think he had broken the law.
Ms Poppius said: “He said he thought the stun gun wasn’t illegal. He had purchased the items as novelty items whilst on holiday in Bulgaria.”
The court heard that the stun gun cost the brothers £8.00 and that the knuckle dusters weren’t going to be used in violence - the items were going to be placed on display in their homes.
The court also heard that they told border agency officials that they had tried the stun gun out on each other when they were drunk.
Fining Gary £2,000 and Callum £1,300, Sheriff Frank Crowe said he was satisfied that the brothers didn’t intend to use the weapons in violent and illegal settings.
But Sheriff Crowe said he had no other choice but to fine them.
Sheriff Crowe added: “These weapons are designed to injure people.”