Caught with a box of bullets
Possession charges ‘very concerning’ – judge
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.