Bullets saved as heirlooms

DOBBED in by a member of the public for keeping 40 bullets in his cupboard, Jesse Wilbraham had his Lawson Road home searched by police on March 23.

With a warrant issued under the Firearms Act, officers looked through the house and found a belt carrying 40 rounds of .22 calibre ammunition.

In Gympie Magistrates Court, Wilbraham, 26, pleaded guilty to charges of possessing explosives and asked that no conviction be recorded.

He told Magistrate Maxine Baldwin the bullets and ammunition belt were family heirlooms, handed down by his grandfather.

Wilbraham said the matching .22 calibre rifle was destroyed many years ago and he was unaware it was an offence to keep the ammunition.

“Any idea who rang police and said you had the bullets?” Mrs Baldwin asked him, but Wilbraham had no idea.

“I’m not too sure what happened,” he said.

Wilbraham, now of Saltwater Avenue, Noosaville, was placed on a bond to be of good behaviour for four months with no conviction recorded.

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