Man sentenced for knuckle duster made using 3D printer

|News, Violent crime

A man who was found with a knuckle duster created using a 3D printer has been given a suspended prison sentence today (22 August).

3D printed knuckle dusterAdrian Grey, 40, was stopped by police in Brecon, Wales and searched at the scene.

A white and grey knuckle duster was found in his coat pocket which Grey said had been made by his friend on a 3D printer.

Grey claimed he wanted to use the weapon as a reference when drawing tattoos and did not know it was illegal, Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard.

A small quantity of cannabis and a cannabis grinder was also found.

Alex Scott, of the CPS, said: “This was an unusual case. Adrian Grey claimed this 3D printed knuckle duster was just a toy because it was plastic.

“The CPS presented evidence to the court, including the weapon itself, and showed it could cause serious harm if used maliciously.

“This conviction demonstrates offensive weapons now come in many forms.”
 

Notes to editors

  • Alex Scott is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS Cymru-Wales
  • Adrian Grey (DOB 24/08/1977) admitted possession of a controlled drug but initially denied having an offensive weapon.
  • He pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court
  • He was sentenced to three months in prison suspended for 12 months, ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and to pay costs of £250.

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