Community service for firearm possession

21:10, Jul 29 2014

Possession of a firearm, because he thought it was "cool", landed Jamie Lee Mackay with 40 hours of community work.

Mackay, 22, of Timaru, appeared in the Timaru District Court yesterday on one charge of possession of needle/syringe and one charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.

He pleaded guilty to both charges and Judge Joanna Maze said the court would not impose fines because of his inability to pay them, due to him being unemployed.

Judge Maze convicted and discharged him on the possession offence. He was sentenced to 40 hours community work on the firearms charge, with the firearm to be destroyed.

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The Timaru Herald