Police find improvised shotgun

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 13:05 02/04/2014

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A man has admitted possession of an improvised shotgun and ammunition found during a police search of his Kaiapoi home.

Michael Peter van Slooten, 25, admitted charges of unlawful possession of the weapon and ammunition, receiving medical equipment stolen from a midwife's vehicle, and possession of equipment for using drugs at a Christchurch District Court session today.

Judge Brian Callaghan remanded him on bail for a pre-sentence report and sentence on June 13.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Anna Lloyd told the court that when police searched the property on March 7 they found a hidden pipe gun, 504 millimetres long, which was capable of firing shotgun cartridges. They also found two shotgun cartridges in a drawer.

Two glass pipes for smoking P - pure methamphetamine - were found under the pillow of a couch, along with a syringe and needle.

A midwife's vehicle had been broken into on January 26 and items of medical equipment had been stolen, including an oxygen cylinder worth more than $2000, as well as medication.

The police found the oxygen cylinder in a wardrobe at van Slooten's property and medical supplies and equipment in a hot water cupboard.

He told police the gun had been given to him by a mate. It was an ornament and he had never fired it.

The mate had also given him the birthing equipment, which he suspected was stolen.

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