Aug 23, 2018

A man has been given a suspended jail sentence in Wales after being caught with a knuckle duster made on a 3D printer.

Adrian Grey, 40, claimed the weapon was a toy after Welsh police found him concealing it in his coat pocket during the search on 5 December 2017.

The white plastic knuckle duster was allegedly made by Grey’s friend using a 3D printer, which is itself prohibited in the UK.

But Grey, from St Michael Street, Brecon, Powys, Wales, was charged by police with having an offensive weapon, despite saying he was only using the knuckle duster as a reference for a tattoo. The father-of-one also pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled drug after he was also found with a small quantity of cannabis and a cannabis grinder.

Adrian Grey’s 3D-printed knuckle duster (CPS). 

Grey admitted possession of a controlled drug, but was set for a trial at Merthyr Crown Court on the weapons charge until he pleaded guilty on its first day.

Grey was given a three-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and to pay £250 in costs.

After his sentencing Alex Scott, CPS senior crown prosecutor, 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.”



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Wealthy Texan wrote at 8/28/2018 7:39:47 PM:

Really "Richard"? I think it is quite awesome too! I have 47 HP printers and lots of money to throw around! Can you contact me so I can make you rich?

Eight wrote at 8/24/2018 12:17:10 PM:

"...made by Grey’s friend using a 3D printer, which is itself prohibited in the UK." Can this statement be clarified? because i don't think owning a 3D printer in the UK is prohibited. The act of creating an offensive weapon (by 3d printer or other traditional manufacturing methods) is however prohibited.

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