Guns ok for the pigs, but fines for drugs

A HALFWAY Creek man who admitted to a series of guns and drugs charges last week has told a court he only had the guns out of their cases to go pig hunting.

William Keith O'Driscoll was sentenced at Grafton Local Court yesterday on two counts of not keeping firearms safely and one count of possessing an unregistered firearm.

The 54-year-old told the court that feral pigs had been wreaking havoc on his farm and he and his brother had planned to hunt and shoot the pigs.

His solicitor said O'Driscoll had the guns out ready when police raided his Luthers Road farm and seized them.

Magistrate Kim Pogson said that O'Driscoll's lack of criminal record allowed him to dismiss the guns charges, so long as he did not commit any similar offences in the next 12 months.

O'Driscoll also admitted possessing cannabis leaf and cultivating seven cannabis plants.

The drugs were found during the same police search that netted the guns in November.

The magistrate fined him $100 for drug possession and $300 for cultivating cannabis.

The court ordered the cannabis plants and leaf to be destroyed.



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