Police raided an ex-prisoner’s home and found small amounts of banned drugs and an illegal stun gun.
Steven Saint (34), of Withington Street, Sutton Bridge, also had a “police patrol” sign that he used for carrying something and then kept because it looked “cool”.
Saint, who was given an 18-month prison term for a non-dwelling burglary in 2011, appeared at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Thursday when he admitted possessing a weapon designed to deliver an electric charge, possessing amphetamine, possessing Diazepam, and theft of the police sign.
The court adjourned sentence to October 17 for a probation report.
Solicitor Rachel Stevens, mitigating, said the stun gun had belonged to a former lodger.
The scientist who examined it found it to be defective and there was only one nine volt battery inside instead of two.
Saint had told her: “I tried it on myself – I shot it into my leg to see what would happen.”
Miss Stevens continued: “He says it fizzled and tingled and didn’t do anything more than that.
“I think he kept it as a curiosity.”
She said Saint was upstairs in the bedroom when police exercising a Misuse of Drugs Act search came running up the stairs.
He didn’t know who it was and jumped on the bed, picked up a tool and braced himself for trouble.
Miss Stevens said police found 0.35grammes of amphetamine, worth about £3, but it was collected in several places around the house.
Saint maintains he doesn’t use amphetamine any more, the amount found was from “historic usage” and he wasn’t aware it was there.
She said Saint found two Diazepam tablets on the floor at the end of a party, didn’t really know what they were, but kept them.
Keeping the police patrol sign was “akin to a student having a traffic cone in their bedroom”, but Saint knew it wasn’t his and it was “fairly obvious who it belonged to”.
Miss Stevens said police went to Saint’s home because they wrongly believed he was growing cannabis.
She said: “His partner is expecting their second child very shortly and he is extremely concerned to be at liberty to support her.
Jim Clare, prosecuting, said police asked Saint about the stolen police sign he said “he thought it looked cool and he decided to keep it.”
He asked magistrates to order forfeiture and destruction of the drugs seized.