Robbery victim faces court

A MAN whose house was robbed last week has been hit with a $400 fine after two unsecured air rifles were taken from his house.

David Charles Blackman, a 38-year-old plumber and father of five, pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday to one charge of failing to place weapons in secure storage.

Blackman was holidaying in Brisbane with his family when his house was broken into and the air rifles stolen.

His car, which was also taken, was later found on fire in swamp land in Eli Waters.

Police attended the house with Blackman’s brother and found the air rifles had been stored in a cupboard and not in a secure storage area, as required by law.

The court heard it was Blackman’s first offence in 18 years of holding a weapons licence.

Four men will appear in court on a date to be set, charged with offences relating to the robbery.

The four, aged 19 and 20, were arrested after one of the accused allegedly posted photographs on internet site Facebook of himself and his friends posing with the air rifles.



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