Unregistered firearms left in caravan

A COOMEALLA man found with unregistered firearms in his caravan has been placed on a two-year corrections order.

Shane Michael Osborn, 50, faced Wentworth Local Court yesterday, charged with five counts of possessing unregistered firearms, one count of failing to keep a firearm safely, one count of possessing an unauthorised firearm barrel and failing to notify ­authorities of a change of address.

Police found the unregistered guns in Osborn’s property during an inspection in February, according to a statement of facts tendered to the court.

It said Osborn allowed police to inspect his caravan and four guns he kept inside. They later found three more guns and he showed them a firearm he said was being used for parts.

Osborn was arrested and interviewed at Dareton police station, telling the officers he knew his South Australian firearms licence had expired in 2017 and that he was not sure how to obtain a NSW licence.

Osborn also told police he knew he had the guns illegally but kept the guns in his ­caravan cupboard because he couldn’t remember the combination to his gun safe.

Police said Osborn had the guns while a firearms amnesty was in place, saying 

“it would have been very difficult not to know about the amnesty”.

Defence counsel Rebecca Boreham told the court Osborn was very uncomfortable knowing he risked jail time for the offending, which carried a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment.

The court heard community work was not a sentencing option for Osborn, who had psychological issues.

Magistrate Darryl Pearce said guns used in robberies were often stolen from rural properties and general deterrence was important in Osborn’s case.

Osborn was placed on the corrections ­order and fined $1000. The firearms were forfeited to the Crown.

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