A magistrate has given no further jail time to a man who was found in a home with two rifles when he was banned from firearms.
Kayd Thorp pleaded guilty in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court this week to 10 charges, including being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and being in possession of a silencer, possessing cartridge ammunition without licence, possessing cannabis, ecstasy, methamphetamine, a drug of dependence and a controlled substance, possessing a prohibited weapon, and dealing with the proceeds of crime.
Magistrate Patrick Southey sentenced Thorp to the 106 days in custody he had already served and an 18-month community corrections order.
In March this year, police attended a Kangaroo Flat home on an unrelated matter and saw through the window Thorp holding a firearm.
When they entered, they found a .22 rifle with a silencer attached and a .32-20 rifle.
A search of a bumbag uncovered four blister packs of medication, a small quantity of methamphetamine, a substance believed to be MDMA, cannabis, cash and a laser pointer, as well as ammunition.
Three teenagers were at the home at the time.
Thorp was subject to an intervention order so was prohibited from firearms.
Police checks revealed the firearms had been stolen from a South Australian property.
Defence lawyer Robert Timms told the court his client had returned home to find the three young people with the two firearms.
"He picked up the .22 and unloaded it, then put it back. That's all he did," Mr Timms said.
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Police prosecutor Senior Constable Dave Rennie said there was no information to suggest this was not the case, but Thorp should have contacted police as a person banned from firearms.
Mr Timms said Thorp's mother admitted the firearms were hers.
He also told the court Thorp said he won the cash on the pokies, and the drugs were "a social thing".
Thorp's life fell apart several years ago when he was charged with a serious offence after he and his family became victims of a home invasion, Mr Timms said.
Thorp had a criminal history that involved firearms offences.
Mr Southey took into account Thorp's guilty plea, without which he would have faced six months' imprisonment and a community corrections order.
He said he was also willing to accept on the balance of probabilities that the circumstances of the offending were not as serious as they first appeared.
But Mr Southey said Thorp had to stay away from firearms, and suggested he had a good chance of getting his life on track because he had once been a good citizen.
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