Security guard arrested for how he stopped Boots shoplifter at Intu Derby

A Derby security guard pointed an illegal stun gun in the face of a shoplifter at the city’s Intu shopping centre. Former Army sniper Andrew Conway pulled the weapon from his belt and then placed it into the eye of the would-be thief to stop him from escaping. The 63-year-old bought the imitation stun gun, which was disguised as a torch, on the internet and told officers he had other similar ones at his home.

When they went there to search they found all of the weapons, which are classed in law as firearms. Now Conway, who was once jailed for six years for GBH, has been handed an eight-month prison term, suspended for a year.

‘You were going to use it’

Judge Jonathan Bennett said: “You have served in the Army for a long period and you are clearly someone that likes to be active, likes to work and wants to be occupied. “In terms of this offence, my view is that I accept you had a very difficult job in tackling the shoplifter.

“But there came a point where you took this item out of your belt and you were going to use it on them. “And that makes it all the more serious.”

Conway was handed a suspended sentence

Joey Kwong, prosecuting at Derby Crown Court, said Conway was working at Boots inside Intu Derby on April 30, having been hired by a security firm contracted by the pharmaceutical giant. He said the defendant stopped the potential shoplifter, who was clutching goods, from leaving the store and the pair began grappling by one of the entrances to the store.

Mr Kwong said: “The thief was caught and police, as part of their investigation, viewed CCTV of the incident. “On it, the police officer clearly saw the defendant reach for something on his belt, pull it out and point it in the face of the thief. “He can clearly be seen looking at it then turning a switch on it before placing it the thief’s face.”

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Mr Kwong said Conway, of Saxondale Drive, Highbury Vale, Nottingham, was questioned about the stun gun and told them he bought it as a torch and did not know it was a weapon.

He also told officers he had others at his home which he had bought on the internet so they went there, found and recovered them. Mr Kwong said an expert analysed all of them and found two of them still had electrical charges and two didn’t. Conway pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon.

In 1999 he was jailed for six years for assault occasioning grievous bodily harm. Laura Pitman, mitigating, said her client is a former sniper with the Black Watch, now the 3 Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland, which he left in 1977. She said: “He did not realise he was purchasing a stun gun, he believed it to be a torch.

“He has informed the SIA (sk© Security SAVER SALE Industry Authority which regulates the private security industry in the UK) about these proceedings.

“He was working at Boots in Derby that day but ordinarily what he does is patrols building sites at night.”

As well as the suspended jail sentence, Conway was ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work and was handed a three-month curfew confining him to his home address each night between 9.30pm and 6am.

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