Glasgow & West Scotland

James Neary jailed for stun gun attack bid on Christopher McGrory

A man who had part of his nose bitten off in a fight has been jailed for five years after he went looking for revenge armed with an electric stun gun.

James Neary, 33, admitted possessing the weapon, which was disguised as a mobile phone, during a confrontation with Christopher McGrory in Glasgow.

The incident in November 2012 was said to have arisen after a fight between the two in 2010 over a drug debt.

Neary was given the minimum term under the 1968 Firearms Act.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how the pair had been involved in a fight which Neary said had been caused after Mr McGrory failed to pay him for drugs.

Part of his nose had been bitten off and he had to undergo reconstructive surgery.

'Throwing punches'

Neary was said to have feared further assaults by Mr McGrory, and it was claimed he suffered from post-traumatic distress and anxiety.

On 14 November last year, Neary came across Mr McGrory in Ruchill Street, Glasgow, and attempted to deliver an electric shock to him.

When police arrived on the scene, Neary threw the stun gun away, but told officers: "I was trying to taser him. He was throwing punches. He had bit my nose."

Neary later pleaded guilty to being in possession of the stun gun, contrary to the 1968 Firearms Act.

Under the Act, five years is the minimum sentence that can be imposed, unless "exceptional circumstances" justify the judge not doing so.

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