Pepper spray discharged in violent incident prompted police response
A CS GAS canister was discharged during a violent incident at a house in Dursley earlier this year, a court has been told.
Following the incident police went to Michael Hensley's home in School Road, Dursley, and found a pepper spray container, Gloucester crown court heard last week.
Hensley, 18, pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited weapon on April 17, 2013 at Rosebery Mount, Dursley.
He was given a 12-month community order with supervision and ordered to attend a special activity programme for up to 30 days. Judge William Hart ordered forfeiture of the gas canister.
David Scutt, prosecuting, said: "This man and another attended an address in Dursley where there was some violence. The police were called.
"They noticed that what appeared to be a CS gas canister had been discharged. They later went to School Road where the defendant and another man were arrested.
"The defendant said 'the can is in there.' The police recovered a can of Dragon pepper spray. He said he had found it a few weeks earlier and taken it back home to his address and had not got rid of it or handed it in."
Dermot Clarke, defending, said: "He had never used it and when the police arrived he pointed it out. This offence is borne out of immaturity and stupidity rather than anything else.
"It was an item he should never have picked up. "
Hensley had a troubled childhood and was taken into care at 14, he said. However, a youth worker now felt he was maturing.
Sentencing Hensley, Judge Hart told him he needed to change his ways to stay out of trouble and avoid building up a criminal record.
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