Sydney man charged with firearm, illegal hunting offences – Riverina region

A Sydney man has been charged with firearm and illegal hunting offences following a hunting trip to the state’s Riverina region.

About 9.30pm Tuesday 20 August 2019, officers attached to the Riverina Police District received reports of a vehicle spotlighting across agricultural land at Maragle near Tumbarumba.

Police responded and patrolled the area, locating the vehicle parked outside a residence at a rural property on Maragle Road.

Police attended the property and allegedly observed several duck and deer carcasses at the residence, and a rifle and ammunition within the unattended vehicle.

Officers spoke with the male occupant at the residence, aged 35, and seized the firearm and two rounds of ammunition due to inadequate storage.

About 10.30am Wednesday (28 August 2019), police attended a home at Greenacre and served the man with a Court Attendance Notice. His firearms licence was suspended, and remaining firearms seized.

The man was charged with not keep firearm safely, and deal in or attempt to deal in protected animal.

He was granted conditional bail to appear before Tumbarumba Local Court on Thursday 7 November 2019.

Riverina Police District’s Commander, Superintendent David Noble said police will continue to crack down on illegal hunting.

“Every police officer in regional and rural areas is concerned with rural crime and illegal hunting – and we will prosecute offenders.

“Don’t come onto someone’s property without permission. You are NOT welcome,” Supt Noble said.

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