16 May 2022

Multiple weapons found during highway vehicle stop

| Claire Fenwicke
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Officers seized multiple weapons from a car they stopped on the Princes Highway at North Batemans Bay. Photo: NSW Police

Officers seized multiple weapons from a car they stopped on the Princes Highway at North Batemans Bay. Photo: NSW Police.

A man has been charged with multiple firearm and driving offences after he was stopped by police on the Princes Highway, North Batemans Bay.

South Coast Police District officers stopped an unregistered Holden Commodore and spoke with the 40-year-old driver at about 10:30 pm on Friday (13 May).

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Further inquiries revealed the Batemans Bay man was disqualified from driving.

Police searched the vehicle where they seized a crossbow, a black suitcase containing a shortened .22 rifle, a shortened 12-gauge shotgun, one shortened smaller gauge shotgun and ammunition for all three firearms.

The man was arrested and charged with:

  • Using an unregistered registrable Class A motor vehicle on road
  • Using a prohibited weapon contrary to prohibition order
  • Possessing a shortened firearm (not pistol) without authority (x3)
  • Possessing an unregistered firearm – prohibited firearm (x3)
  • Firearm etc found at premises – subject to prohibition order (x3)
  • Possessing ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority
  • Using an uninsured motor vehicle
  • Using vehicle on road or road-related area motor vehicle tax not paid
  • Driving a motor vehicle during disqualification period

He was refused bail to appear before Wollongong Local Court.

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We don’t need this type in society, thank goodness he was caught, I wonder how many others are out there?
He deserves complete isolation and throw away the key. I trust he will get a comparable sentence, then again, he will probably say “mental health issues and bad home life” to avoid a long sentence.

Kris Hodgson12:19 pm 16 May 22

Throw him I the dungeon and throw away the key 🔑

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