Is­lamic Coun­cil pres­i­dent fined $300

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Como Kewdale -

THE River­vale Is­lamic Coun­cil of WA pres­i­dent has been fined $300 for fail­ing to se­cure a firearms cab­i­net.

Dr Rateb Jneid pleaded guilty in Perth Mag­is­trate’s Court last week and re­ceived a spent con­vic­tion.

De­fence lawyer Shash Nigam said po­lice raided Dr Jneid’s house the day be­fore a cab­i­net safe con­tain­ing the weapons was due to be se­cured to the ground.

His home was raided in April, caught up in po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions that re­sulted in sev­eral peo­ple be­ing charged with al­leged drug of­fences but Dr Jneid was not in­cluded in those charges.

“He had a cab­i­net safe, it was not bolted to the ground,” Mr Nigam said.

“He had moved house a few days prior and had ar­ranged for a welder to do it on the Satur­day.”

The mag­is­trate de­scribed Dr Jneid as be­ing of good character.

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