Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Court Sees Both Sides of Weapons Possession

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Court Sees Both Sides of Weapons Possession

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A WARWICK magistrate and police prosecutor have compared and contrasted two different men on weapons charges, calling one "blase" and the other "trying to do the right thing".

Each fronted the court on failure to store charges.

The first, Sidney Jayson Sweedman, said he didn't see the point in properly storing weapons because, "they're just going to get stolen anyway".

Police searched Sweedman's Rosenthal Heights home in May this year, finding a rifle in his bedroom wardrobe, and ammunition in his shed, in his car and on a bench.

The court heard at the time of the search the 42-year-old told police, "he didn't see a point in keeping guns in the safe because people still steal them from inside safes".

Magistrate Anne Thacker said the Rosenthal Heights man had plenty of time to properly secure the weapons after coming home from a roo shooting trip.

"That coupled with the comment you made, indicates a level of concern," Ms Thacker said.

He was fined $1500. …

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