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Man tasers hungover girlfriend to get her out of bed

Aug 25, 2023Aug 25, 2023

Kenneth Donald, who said he attacked his partner as ‘a joke’, was sentenced after police found weapons in his car

A man who tasered his hungover girlfriend to get her out of bed has been jailed for 22 months.

Kenneth Donald, 37, from Stirling, believed that his partner of seven years, Stephanie Paton, was taking too long of a Sunday lie-in after they spent the previous night drinking together.

Donald was “insisting” that Ms Paton get up, when she replied: “Five minutes, I’m rough.” He then warned her: “Get up or I’ll taser ye.”

After Ms Paton, also 37, began to fall asleep again, Donald followed through on the threat, Stirling sheriff court heard.

He had carried out the attack as “a joke”, his lawyer said, with the weapon, which he bought online.

Laurelle Johnstone, the prosecutor, said: “As Paton was falling back asleep, the accused took a taser device and activated it against her leg, causing her severe pain and thereafter reddening to her right thigh.”

The incident was captured by an 11-year-old child on a mobile phone, with the video played in court.

It showed Donald “clicking” the taser against Ms Paton and laughing during the incident at his home in Raploch, Stirling, on Feb 19 this year.

Ms Paton, a personal care assistant, reported the incident to police the following month.

Donald was arrested in his car in Bannockburn, Stirling, on March 30, after police viewed the video and obtained a warrant to search his property.

The taser, a pack of taser cartridges, a taser charging plug and cables, as well as a knife in a black cover, were recovered from the rear of his vehicle.

Donald, of Ferguson Street, Raploch, appeared for sentence on Wednesday by video link from Low Moss Prison, in East Dunbartonshire.

He was remanded in custody after last month pleading guilty to possessing the taser, assaulting Ms Paton and possessing the knife.

Fraser McCready, Donald’s defence solicitor, said: “I’ve asked him why he bought the taser. He can’t really provide an explanation. He certainly bought it online and used it as a joke.

“But a joke is not a defence to a charge of assault.”

Imposing the 22-month jail term, Sheriff Keith O’Mahony said that Donald had a record that includes domestically aggravated matters.

He said: “These offences are possession of a taser, assault with that taser to injury and possession of a knife.

“In my view there is no alternative to a custodial disposal.”

Donald showed no emotion as the sentence was passed.

Under the law in Scotland, a taser is classified as a prohibited firearm and cannot be sold, bought or used without legal authority. Even among police, only trained officers are allowed to use them.

In December last year, police north of the border issued a warning to the public after a spike in cases of people being jailed for possessing or firing the weapons, which they had often purchased online from abroad.

A 35-year-old man was given a five-year sentence last year for discharging a taser, disguised as a small torch, repeatedly in a children’s skatepark.

Another five-year sentence was handed to a 51-year-old from Glasgow in January last year, after police raided his home following a tip off and found a haul of stun guns disguised as torches or batons.