A cane toad was discovered in Bellingen recently.
A cane toad was discovered in Bellingen recently.

Court told siezed rifle ‘would be lucky to kill a cane toad’

A WIDGEE man in possession of an aging, unregistered air rifle insisted the weapon was harmless.

"It would be lucky to kill a cane toad," Timothy Colin O'Donnell had his lawyer tell Gympie Magistrates Court.

O'Donnell, 35, pleaded guilty to six charges arising from a May 13 search of a Widgee residence.

The charges included producing and possessing dangerous drugs, possessing utensils, unlawful possession of a weapon, possessing an unregistered firearm and failure to secure a firearm.

The various items were uncovered by members of the Kingaroy Stock and Rural Squad.

The air rifle was found in the lounge room, an old army smoke grenade in a bedroom and a water pipe and grinder in the garage.

An esky was also located with dry cannabis while cannabis plants were also uncovered.

It was also noted during the search the firearm was unsecured in accordance with requirements.

O'Donnell's lawyer said her client came across the grenade 15 years ago while camping and decided to keep it as an item of interest.

The air rifle, she said, had not been in regular use and had been in O'Donnell's possession for some 20 years.

"There was neither danger nor intention," the lawyer said, regarding the rifle.

"He lives with his elderly parents providing care."

The cannabis found on the property was "for personal use", the lawyer told the court.

Magistrate Simon Young noted the early plea and said the offending was at the lower end of the scale.

For the three drugs-related charged, O'Donnell was fined $330.

A fine of $660 applied to the three weapon-related charges and both were referred to SPER.

Items seized from the search were also forfeited with no conviction recorded.

Gympie Times


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