Man narrowly avoids jail after shotgun, knives found in 4WD

File photo.
File photo.

A Narooma man found with an unauthorised shotgun, a hunting knife, cannabis and an axe in his vehicle in Mourya earlier this year, has narrowly avoided jail.

Trevor Murray Bourne, 53, appeared in Batemans Bay Local Court on Monday, July 2, charged with seven offences after police found the items in his four-wheel drive during a search at South Head, Moruya in April.

Bourne pleaded guilty to dealing with proceeds of crime; having a knife in a public place; possessing a prohibited drug; possessing an unauthorised firearm; possessing an unregistered firearm; not keeping a firearm safely stored and possessing ammunition without a licence.

Police said officers pulled over Bourne’s Toyota Landcruiser just before 8pm on April 27 and a search uncovered various weapons and drugs.

Police found about 62 grams of cannabis and a small bundle of cash in the car. A hunting knife with a 24cm blade was found under the driver’s side floor mat.

Officers then retrieved an axe, pocket knife and a box of shotgun cartridges.

A 12-gauge unloaded shotgun was found under a mattress, which Bourne said he had recently purchased from a man in a carpark in Moruya.

Police later discovered the gun to be unregistered and that Bourne did not hold a firearms licence.

Defence solicitor Travis McGeachy said Bourne had made a bad decision.

“He’s very disappointed that he’s found himself in custody at his age – he said he should have been able to address these issues earlier,” Mr McGeachy said.

Bourne was sentenced to a 15-month Intensive Corrections Order under Community Corrections supervision. He was fined $1200.