Tip-off leads police to Anchorage arm cache
PERCEPTIONS can often be misleading, even in the Tweed's idyllic retirement community.
A 67-year-old Tweed Heads senior was found by police with a cache of four rifles and a shotgun, some loaded and with telescopic scopes, in his Tweed Anchorage home.
Kenneth Charles Milner faced the Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday after police charged him with a number offences relating to the storage of the firearms, which were discovered on December 31.
In facts tendered to court it said local police were alerted to the gun stash by Queensland police who told them Milner's gun licence had expired in June.
The police went to his home and Milner showed them into a storage room where the guns were stored in a steel cabinet fitted with several locks secured to the wall.
Inside police found two .22 calibre rifles, a .410 shotgun, .177 air rifle, and a 30-30 calibre rifle with a five shot capacity, some of them with live rounds of ammunition inside.
Milner told the police he was unaware his gun licence had expired and had used the weapons to shoot birds, mistakenly putting them away loaded.
He pleaded guilty yesterday to possessing five unauthorised and unregistered firearms and not keeping them in a safe manner.
Milner's lawyer said the matter was an oversight that arose when his client moved from Queensland to the Tweed and that Milner had no criminal record.
Magistrate Jeff Linden said it seemed Milner had an impeccable character apart from his illegal gun ownership.
He discharged the charges against him on the condition of 12 months good behaviour.
The weapons were forfeited.