‘No idea I was doing anything wrong’
Storm superstar Josh Addo-Carr pleaded ignorance after he escaped a conviction for firearms offences in relation to his infamous camping trip at Latrell Mitchell's North Coast property last year.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Friday at Taree Local Court the 25-year-old was sentenced to a 12-month conditional release order after pleading guilty to one count of using an unauthorised firearm and one count of failing to comply with ministerial orders relating to COVID-19 movement.
Magistrate Allison Hawkins accepted the Blues and Kangaroos winger was unaware he had committed an offence, as evidenced by Addo-Carr posting footage of himself firing a rifle on social media.
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The 2022 Bulldogs recruit declined to comment to reporters outside court but told the Herald the incident was a steep learning experience.
"I had no idea I was doing anything wrong," Addo-Carr said.
"I understand now that it's against the law.
"I never intended to break the law, I didn't know it was against the law.
"If I'd known that, I wouldn't have done it.
"I'm happy it's over, I'm glad it's all finalised. I've got a great legal team behind me and good people supporting me along the way."
Souths' star Mitchell was handed the same penalty over his role in the incident at Caffreys Flat during the season shutdown last April.
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The sentencing hearing was originally scheduled for October, but the matter was postponed because Addo-Carr was in the NRL's coronavirus bubble, eventually winning the premiership with the Storm later that month.
"It's been pretty tough, but I can now move on with my life," Addo-Carr said.
However Addo-Carr was unsuccessful in his bid to contest the NRL's $50,000 fine - 60 per cent of which was suspended - for breaching social-distancing protocols.
Originally published as 'No idea I was doing anything wrong': Addo-Carr escapes conviction over firearms offence