Man jailed af­ter raid un­cov­ers guns, si­lencers

Waterloo Region Record - - News -

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.

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