Good time ends with $600 fines

TWO men accused of stealing guns and discharging them in the backyard of a Point Vernon home earlier this year have faced court.

Marcus Anton Ronald Kostka and Corey William Smith were found at the Point Vernon home when police conducted an emergency search after being tipped off that four men were shooting cans off the backyard fence.

Earlier in the day air rifles had been reported stolen from a nearby home.

One of the neighbours who complained about the noise saw pellets from the air rifles land on their barbecue.

Police had also received a tip-off from someone who had seen a picture of one of the young men holding the guns on their Facebook page.

When police arrived they found various types of pellets and saw the men had been using the rifles to shoot cans.

Both 19-year-olds were charged with unlawful possession of weapons and discharge of weapons on private land without a permit.

Smith was also charged with possessing drug utensils.

Hervey Bay Magistrate Graeme Tatnell said he understood young people wanted to “have a good time” but urged the men to “have a good think” about what was fun and what was dangerous.

“Someone could have gotten hurt,” Mr Tatnell said

“Those pellets might not kill someone but they could certainly cause grievous bodily harm.”

Both boys were fined $600.



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