By Caitlin Bewley
(2nd Yr Swinburne Uni)
A failed attempt to get rid of an illegal item saw a man face charges before Magistrate Gregory Robinson in the Bacchus Marsh Magistrate’s court on Friday April 12.
The court heard 46-year-old Dimitrios Paraskevoulis was found in possession of a brass pen pistol and ammunition after a search warrant was granted to his Maddingley home late last year.
It was on December 20 that the accused’s house was searched by police, the items were found in a bum bag along with six grams of green vegetable matter.
“He [Paraskevoulis] was getting rid of [the pistol] for a friend’s father,” the accused’s lawyer said. “The device is incapable of being fired,”
“He was considering how to get rid of it and his intentions were to get rid of it,” Paraskevoulis’ lawyer said.
“It’s a bit of a weird story,” Magistrate Gregory Robinson replied.
Paraskevoulis was convicted and fined an aggregate amount of $1000, having to pay an additional $124.30 in costs with the items in question to be forfeited.