Wake up call for Condon
A GYMPIE man who appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday on five charges, was placed on six months probation and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service.
Anthony William Condon, 53, of North Deep Creek Rd, pleaded guilty to possessing a water pipe, explosives, weapons and dangerous drugs twice, all of which happened on February 22.
The court heard a search warrant executed by police, revealed a .22 rifle and ammunition, three 1.5 metre cannabis plants and 31 cannabis seedlings.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said Condon told police the plants were for his personal use and the firearms were to get rid of vermin on his property.
"He was extremely co-operative with police," prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said.
Legal representative Chris Anderson said his client was "treating this as a wake up call" and "he hopes he will not be before the court again".
"The rifle has been in my client's possession for some time and using it for vermin is plausible," Mr Anderson said.
"We have very good reasons to limit guns in Australia," Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told Condon before sentencing.
"Probation might help you make a change."
In a separate incident, Curra woman Tracey Elizabeth Wilkins, 30, of Cross Cres, pleaded guilty to failing to dispose of a syringe on March 4.
Wilkins was placed on a three month good behaviour bond with a $300 recognizance.