Police ask for weapon forfeiture

A MAN who did not have a proper locked box for his weapons appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court charged with unsecure storage of weapons.

Marjan Morton pleaded guilty to the offence which occurred on August 9.

Police prosecutor Constable Troy Daubaras said police found two .22-calibre rifles, one loaded, wrapped in canvas. The defendant was licensed to own the rifles and had no previous criminal history. Police asked for forfeiture of the rifles.

Morton, who represented himself in court, said he promised to buy a secure lock box if he could have the rifles returned.

“I live on a 107-acre property and use the rifles for foxes,” he said.

Magistrate Damian Carroll told the defendant if he could prove to police he had a secure storage box within two months he would order that the guns be returned to him.

Morton was fined $200 or three days in jail with no conviction recorded.

Meanwhile, Raymond Eric James Gosley pleaded guilty in writing to drunk or disorderly behaviour in a licensed premises.

Const Daubaras said that at 1am on August 7 the defendant was at the Blue Room when he became aggressive and started pushing people on the dance floor. He then took a drink off another patron and refused to replace it and struggled with police when they tried to arrest him.

The defendant had a history of public nuisance-type street offences. Gosley was fined $375 or five days jail with a conviction recorded.

Adrian James Arthur Murphy also pleaded guilty in writing to drunk or disorderly behaviour in a licensed premises.

Const. Daubaras said the defendant, who had no history, was involved in a fight at the Rocky Glen Hotel at 11.45pm on August 8.

“He was throwing punches at other patrons,” Const Daubaras said.

The defendant, in his letter to the court, said he regretted the incident.

Magistrate Damian Carroll fined Murphy $300 or four days in jail.



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