Its going to be a another good year for judges letting us down….
A Tauranga man was just jailed for 25 months after being caught with a cache of firearms at his Hairini home following a Police search.
As the media reported: “Including a high-powered AK47 rifle”.
Police also found a .243 Remington rifle and two .303 Lee Enfield rifles inside a vehicle parked at the address.
Thank goodness the .303 rifles were not ‘high powered’.
During the search, police also located a .22 calibre rifle and ammunition hidden behind a Mongrel Mob sign on a wall.
Pro tip – Don’t hide stolen guns behind gang paraphernalia.
Ernest Charles Davy, 40, pleaded guilty to five charges of unlawful possession of a firearm when he appeared in the Tauranga District Court.
Judge David Cameron told Davy his offending was “very serious”.
Particularly given he had an extensive criminal history which spanned from 1994 to 2017 and included convictions for dishonesty and drug-related offences.
Plus three previous convictions for the unlawful possession of firearms.
Judge Cameron told Davy he needed to hold him accountable, and also deter him and others from committing this type of offending with the sentence he had imposed.
The judge also noted Davy was still subject to prison release conditions relating to his last jail sentence when he committed the latest set of offences.
So what does “Very serious” offending get you? With parole and time served waiting for trial – likely several months.
For a New Zealand judge this is sending a message.
Trust us you useless bastard – they are getting the message.
That is why one offender has 46 separate firearm convictions.