Caught with a box of bul­lets

Pos­ses­sion charges ‘very con­cern­ing’ – judge

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Ho­hepa Hoana Toa McLean, who has a record of of­fend­ing, was last month found in pos­ses­sion of live am­mu­ni­tion with­out a firearms li­cence.

McLean, 29, ap­peared in Porirua Dis­trict Court last Tues­day af­ter he was caught in pos­ses­sion of a box of am­mu­ni­tion con­tain­ing 10 live rounds of Horn­day .270 cen­tre­fire ammu- ni­tion. The in­ci­dent hap­pened on May 22 in Serlby Place, Porirua.

McLean, a Ti­tahi Bay res­i­dent, had pre­vi­ously ap­peared in court on sev­eral charges, in­clud­ing com­mon as­sault and dis­charg­ing a firearm with­out a li­cence.

Judge Jan Kelly said it was very con­cern­ing that McLean had the am­mu­ni­tion and that she was scep­ti­cal about the mat­ter.

‘‘It is a very se­ri­ous of­fence to have am­mu­ni­tion when you don’t have a li­cence,’’ she said.

De­fence lawyer Michael Bott told the court that McLean was go­ing to dis­pose of the am­mu­ni­tion when he was caught by po­lice.

McLean was or­dered to com­plete 200 hours’ com­mu­nity work.

The judge also or­dered the am­mu­ni­tion be de­stroyed as per po­lice pros­e­cu­tor se­nior sergeant Karen Vaughan’s re­quest.

Un­der sec­tion 51 of the Arms Act 1983, the un­law­ful car­riage or pos­ses­sion in a public place of a firearm, air­gun, pis­tol, am­mu­ni­tion, ex­plo­sive, or re­stricted weapon can re­sult in im­pris­on­ment for up to three years or a fine up to $4000.

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