Man told police he ‘found’ sawn-off shotgun and silencer

A 25-YEAR-OLD Shoal Point man has been criticised in court after claiming he'd "found" a sawn-off shotgun and other weapons illegally in his possession.

Jesse Francis Knight pleaded guilty to 11 charges in Mackay Magistrates Court today.

Magistrate Damien Dwyer said Knight's claim to police that he'd found the shortened shotgun, magazine, silencer and ammunition didn't "have the ring of truth about it".

"I've been walking around this town for close on 60 years now and I haven't come across a shotgun," Mr Dwyer said.

"I've never gone somewhere else and found a magazine or gone somewhere else and found a silencer."

Prosecutor Michael Ball told the court that on February 1, police had executed a search warrant on Knight's home.

He said they had found a shortened shotgun, a silencer, a magazine, eight rounds of ammunition, the drugs ice and clenbuterol and drug utensils in Knight's bedroom.

Mr Ball said Knight had told police he'd found weapon-related items "several weeks earlier". He also told police he'd smoked the drug ice and had been using the clenbuterol to assist with training.

Defence solicitor Kate Bone said none of the weapon-related items "fit together".

"It's not the case that he could use, for example, the silencer on the shotgun. Also the ammunition is for a rifle, he doesn't have possession of a rifle," she said.

Ms Bone said Knight had worked in mining but lost his job in the economic downturn two years ago.

"He tells me that he does have a serious drug addiction, his history of drug taking relates to ice and methylamphetamine," she said.

Ms Bone said Knight had organised to work as a plasterer and undergo counselling in Toowoomba.

Mr Ball said on January 15, when searching Knight's vehicle at Beaconsfield, police found 0.3-0.4 grams of methylamphetamine and a pipe.

He said on March 2, Knight had been charged with driving a motorbike on the Peak Downs Hwy at Walkerston without the appropriate licence. He had a telescopic baton on him.

"(He) stated that he was going through a rough time in his life and he bought a motorcycle to cheer himself up," Mr Ball said.

Mr Dwyer fined Knight $2000 and placed him on probation for 12 months, with no convictions recorded. He ordered the illegal items be forfeited.



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