‘Drugs, guns not great mix’ fa­ther told

Mercury (Hobart) - - FRONT PAGE - AM­BER WIL­SON Court Re­porter

A HO­BART man who had been start­ing his car with scis­sors be­fore he was nabbed by po­lice with a bevy of weapons – in­clud­ing a loaded brass pen gun and a home­made firearm and si­lencer – has avoided jail time. Marc Craig Jack­man, 34, was high on ice and cannabis when he was caught by po­lice on June 18 this year with the pen gun, a com­pound bow, a home­made dou­ble-bar­relled firearm and home­made si­lencer in his car, the Ho­bart Mag­is­trates Court heard on Thurs­day. He was also found with a pair of scis­sors in his pos­ses­sion be­cause he was us­ing them to start his car af­ter “he lost the keys”. Jack­man, who pleaded guilty to a num­ber of drugs and firearms charges, avoided jail and was also granted per­mis­sion to take his com­pound bow home. The court was told that he was caught af­ter po­lice saw two cars driv­ing in close con­voy at Chig­well – one of them car­ry­ing a ute-load of fire­wood. They ap­proached the two driv­ers af­ter they pulled over, with Jack­man ad­mit­ting he was driv­ing un­li­censed be­cause he hadn’t re­newed it af­ter a pe­riod of sus­pen­sion. He also ad­mit­ted to po­lice he had a firearm in his car. When po­lice searched the ve­hi­cle, they found a small amount of cannabis, a pouch of 0.22 am­mu­ni­tion, the pen gun with one round of am­mu­ni­tion loaded in­side it – the most it could take, a glass pipe, a plas­tic bong, a sil­ver knife, a com­pound bow found in a firearms case, the home­made firearm and si­lencer, and 12 gauge am­mu­ni­tion. Jack­man, who told po­lice he had a knife to skin animals for food for his dogs when he went into the bush for tar­get shoot­ing with his bow, also tested pos­i­tive in his oral fluid to the drugs ice and cannabis. He said he had only just bought the pen gun a few days ear­lier. “Drugs and guns are not a great mix,” Mag­is­trate Chris Web­ster said, be­fore mak­ing a for­fei­ture or­der for all firearms, am­mu­ni­tion, drugs and smok­ing im­ple­ments. He fined the fa­ther-of-one $672 and sus­pended him from driv­ing for nine months. Jack­man was also sen­tenced to four weeks in jail, but the term was fully sus­pended for two years pro­vided he is of good be­hav­iour.

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