By Caitlin Bewley
(2nd Yr Swinburne Uni)
Possession of illegal firearms had a man appear before Magistrate Ron Saines in the Bacchus Marsh Magistrate’s court on Friday 31 May. The accused pleading guilty to the four charges.
It was alleged by the prosecution that 33-year-old Liam Sullivan’s home was searched by police on August 15 last year.
Prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Schoemaker told the court the police found three bags of vegetable like matter atop a coffee table, gun ammunition, solid shot gun shells and an air rifle within the accused’s home.
Along with these items, police found several containers containing gun calibre and ammunition, a stolen 2017 Holden Colorado was also located in the accused’s backyard the court heard.
Sullivan was subsequently interviewed, telling police he found “the car in the driveway with the keys in it”, and that he “assumed it was stolen”.
Sullivan also told police in the interview that he “didn’t know where he got the gun” and he “thought it was [his] friend’s, who is dead”.
“This is verging on high level crime,” Magistrate Ron Saines told the court. “We need to send a stronger message of deterrence to you [Sullivan],”
“If someone is working in an overnight petrol station and has [an illegal weapon] held up their nose they won’t know what it is, they’ll believe they’re going to die,” he said.
Magistrate Saines did not impose imprisonment, instead he issued a number of fines totalling $4024 to Sullivan.