Chris Ison

‘Foolish’ man jailed for possessing firearm blanks

ROCKHAMPTON Magistrate Barry Cosgrove yesterday branded James Robert Pattenden "foolish" as he jailed him for possession of army-issue blank bullets and a weapon.

Pattenden, 25, was jailed for two months after pleading guilty to a series of charges, which included drug possession, unlawful possession of weapons, receiving tainted property firearms or ammunition, contravening police directions and two counts of breaching bail.

"You are an extremely foolish person," Mr Cosgrove said.

"What good does having blank rounds do?"

Police prosecutor Sergeant Joe Aboud said police found 200 rounds of army blanks, made for a semi-automatic weapon, at Pattenden's north Rockhampton home in October.

Mr Aboud said a .308 rifle was also located in the house near the hot water system.

He said police attended the property after a report two people were smashing into Pattenden's home.

The pair fled before authorities arrived.

A crime scene was established and a search of the property undertaken. The drugs, weapon and ammunition were found.

Defence representative Juan Pepito said the drugs were for personal use only and his client accepted the responsibility of his actions for possessing the weapon and ammunition.

Mr Cosgrove sentenced Pattenden to two months jail for the firearm offences.

He received lesser terms, to run concurrently, for the other matters.



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