Sentiment no excuse

A MAN caught with a crossbow has told a magistrate he didn’t turn the illegal weapon into authorities because it carried sentimental value.

Appearing in the local court on two weapons charges this week, Matthew James Croft Masters, 37, of Moonee Beach, explained to police how the bow had belonged to a deceased friend.

Investigating reports from the public, police searched his home on April 15 at 4.30pm, seizing the Yukon camouflage bow.

“In relation to the cross bow he admitted he knew it was a prohibited weapon, but states he had obtained it as a keepsake when a friend in Queensland passed away,” police evidence stated.

The officers said they also uncovered 37 bolts or short arrows for the bow along with an unregistered BB air rifle.

It was said that Masters had owned the rifle since he was a boy and had even held a licence for it.

In explaining why he was in possession of the weapons, Masters had instructed his legal defence to plead not guilty to the charges.

But the sentencing magistrate in the Coffs Harbour Local Court apparently wasn’t convinced.

He ordered him to pay two separate fines of $1076 and $500 plus court costs.



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