Handyman builds DIY electric probe, tests it on himself

GRACEMERE'S Michael Robert Garth was fined $1000 in Rockhampton's Magistrate Court yesterday for making his own electrical probe out of a heavy duty torch.   

Police conducted a search warrant of Garth's home on March 1 when they found a device constructed from a heavy duty torch and electrical bug zapper sitting on the kitchen bench.   

The court heard the device generated electrical pulses when activated and that Garth deployed the device on himself to test if it worked.   

Police Prosecutor Acting Senior Constable Josh McLennan told the court Garth told police he created it for "something to do" but then admitted to "planning to have it in his car for self-protection."   

Garth pleaded guilty to possessing a category R weapon. A conviction was also recorded.   


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