Pepper spray found in hamster cage
ILLEGAL pepper spray was discovered in a hamster cage by police at the home of a teenager, a court heard.
Michael Hensley said he found the gas canister and had brought it to his former Dursley home but never used it.
Prosecutor David Scutt said when officers arrived at the 18-year-old's address he pointed them to the weapon, which was kept in a hamster cage.
Defending, Dermot Clarke said the offence was committed in "immaturity and stupidity".
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Hensley, now of St Mary's Square in Gloucester, admitted possession of a prohibited weapon. Mr Clarke said his client had been in care since he was 14 and was currently living in a bed and breakfast after losing his home.
Judge William Hart gave Hensley a 12-month community order with supervision. He was also required to attend a 30-day thinking skills programme.
Judge Hart ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the gas spray and said he would have to pay a victim surcharge.