A MAN has pleaded guilty to possession of a taser and will be sentenced later this month.

Charles Mitchell appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, November 25 charged with possessing a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid/gas/electrical incapacitation device/thing.

The 26-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge under section 5(1)(b) of and Schedule 6 to the Firearms Act 1968.

Mitchell, of Hastings Road, Southend, had been caught by police with the taser in Southend on Wednesday, November 24.

A taser is an electroshock weapon used to temporarily incapacitate targets. They are approved and currently available for use by specially trained police officers in the UK but are illegal for members of the public to possess. 

The magistrate ordered Mitchell, who was represented by his solicitor Paul Robinson, be remanded into custody for sentencing on December 23.