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Gun holstered under the drivers’ seat

By johnboy 9 September 2013 23

ACT Policing arrested a 32-year-old Queanbeyan man following the seizure of a gun during a routine traffic stop last night.

About 10.15pm officers from Woden Patrol conducted a routine traffic stop on a vehicle in Launceston Street, Phillip.

After making several enquiries officers located a loaded firearm and a holster underneath the driver’s seat. Police then seized the vehicle.

The man was arrested and taken to the ACT Watch House where he received Watch House bail.
South District Superintendent Paul Shakeshaft has commended the actions of the officers involved.

“Due to the diligence of the officers who conducted the traffic stop there is one less firearm on Canberra streets,” Superintendent Shakeshaft said.

“I would like to remind Canberrans that all our officers are working hard to remove illegal firearms from our community.”

The man will be summonsed to the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date on firearms offences.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]


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Thumper 8:40 am 11 Sep 13

MrBigEars said :

I’m not sure that it’s political clout or a good lawyer that worked in this case. I’ve known other folks (admittedly not in the ACT) who have got off a first time, low-range drink driving charge with the same method: Plead guilty early, get a reference from your boss or a person in good standing in the community, show remorse and promise never to do it again.

Perhaps the word of George Brandis might be more persuasive than say Barry from the pub, but I think that’s more a social thing than political.

But don’t drink and drive. It’s not that hard.

Indeed. it isn’t that unusual, especially if you can show that you have contributed to society over a number of years and are of good character.

I know a few people who have pleaded guilty straight away to low range offences and were quite happy to cop whatever the beak threw at them. However, with a good reference about their community activities they have been let off, admittedly on the proviso that if they are ever seen again they will get the book thrown at them.

So, whereas it looks like interference from the highest level, I would suggest that it’s not.

Thumper 8:35 am 11 Sep 13

LSWCHP said :

This is the crappest crap.

We now have a situation where only 2 days after Abbott’s crew get in his number one offsider (with some help from an influential friend) gets off a charge that would result in a fine and licence suspension for the rest of us. This is the worst look I’ve ever seen from a new gummint.

They live in a different world where shame does not exist.

Indeed, just check out the latest for the former member for Dobell.

Spiral 8:26 am 11 Sep 13

MrBigEars said :

I’m not sure that it’s political clout or a good lawyer that worked in this case. I’ve known other folks (admittedly not in the ACT) who have got off a first time, low-range drink driving charge with the same method: Plead guilty early, get a reference from your boss or a person in good standing in the community, show remorse and promise never to do it again.

I seem to recall a report a few months ago about someone getting off because they were going to the US for work (movies, tv or sports or something like that) and they argued the conviction would make it harder for them to achieve that.

I think they paid a fine but didn’t have a conviction recorded.

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