Man was ‘naive’ about cut down rifle

July 13, 2016 | By More

Court House-07A man caught with a cut-down .22 rifle had been “naïve” about having the weapon, the Christchurch District Court was told at his sentencing.

Defence counsel Ruth Buddicom said 38-year-old Edward Elvis Tumanako Harris still did not know if the rifle worked. He had never used it, and no ammunition for it had been found by the police.

Harris was appearing for sentence after admitting unlawful possession of the firearm, and also receiving goods stolen in the burglary of the Twinneedles business, in Phillipstown.

His co-offender, his 33-year-old partner Fiona Jean Broadhurst, listed the stolen items – tactical jackets and a backpack – on Facebook. They were valued at between $500 and $1000.

Police found the items and the rifle when they searched Harris’ Linwood address.

Judge David Ruth said prison was the preferred sentence imposed on people caught with cut-down weapons, but he accepted that possession of the firearm had been “a somewhat naïve” act by Harris.

He imposed 175 hours of community work and supervision for nine months when Harris will have to complete a departmental rehabilitation programme.

Broadhurst was sentenced in March on the receiving charge and was ordered to do 100 hours of community work.

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