Man jailed after raid uncovers guns, silencers
HALIFAX — His friends and family call him a nice, generous guy with a big heart. But when police raided the rural property of a Halifax-area tradesman, they found an arsenal — and more.
Fifteen guns were seized from Donald Halpenny’s garage workshop, including three loaded handguns, along with two silencers, Kevlar body armour, a police duty belt, handcuffs and baton.
Halpenny, a 57-year-old airconditioning and refrigeration technician, has been ordered to serve 30 months in prison by a judge who said Halpenny was likely not the simple gun collector he professed to be.
The judge noted that Halpenny had been ordered while on bail to not have contact with either Jimmy Melvin Jr. or Jimmy Melvin Sr., “both of whom are notorious and violent crime figures in this city.”
Police raided Halpenny’s mobile home and garage in Mount Uniacke on July 30, 2015, and found a loaded 9 mm Smith and Wesson, a Colt Cobra .38 revolver, a loaded Arminius .357 revolver and a loaded Tanfoglio .22 revolver, along with two silencers.