ALLEGED arms trafficker Kerry John Callaghan makes a quick exit from Tweed Heads Court House  yesterday after being granted ba
ALLEGED arms trafficker Kerry John Callaghan makes a quick exit from Tweed Heads Court House yesterday after being granted ba

Guns charge man on bail

By HUGH KEARNEY

A QUEENSLAND man accused of interstate firearms trafficking appeared in Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday seeking bail.

Kerry John Callaghan, 52, of Mt Gravatt in Brisbane, was arrested in Kingscliff on Tuesday by officers from the State Protection Group.

According to police, the arrest followed an eight-month investigation by detectives from the State Crime Squad into the trafficking of firearms from Queensland to Sydney.

During the operation which lead to Callaghan's arrest, police allege they seized two semi-automatic handguns, firearms parts, ammunition, magazines and silencers.

Callaghan faced Tweed Heads court on eight firearms charges, in-cluding unauthorised possession and sale of a pistol and ammunition.

He was refused bail and held in custody overnight before his re-appearance yesterday.

Callaghan did not have legal representation during the short appearance yesterday to apply for bail. No plea to the charges was entered.

The court registrar adjourned the matter to the Lismore Local Court for mention on Monday and imposed bail of $10,000. A cash surety of $5000 was required to be lodged with the court by an acceptable person.

A court officer said later the matter had been adjourned to Lismore for a committal hearing in the District Court because of the seriousness of the charges.

After the bail decision, a female, believed to be Callaghan's de facto wife, left the court and returned some time later. The woman left the court again by the front entrance and drove away.

A short time later Callaghan, dressed in jeans and a blue jumper, exited the court precinct through a side door and ran towards nearby shops in an attempt to avoid waiting media.

A game of cat-and-mouse through the streets surrounding the court followed as the woman attempted to find Callaghan in her vehicle and avoid the pursuing media.



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