Police allege this rifle was uncovered as part of a search at Farmborough Heights. NSW PoliceAN odd-looking gunwith questionable firing power has come under scrutiny as a Farmborough Heights man faces court over firearms offences.
Steven Augoustou, 29, was arrested on Wednesday after police searched his Ashley Avenue home and allegedly found a riflewrapped inside a doona, on the dining table.
Police allege the gunis an unregistered Stirling brand .22 calibre sawn-off rifle, with a modified, cut down stock –painted black – and a small torchattached.
A woman summoned NSW Ambulance paramedics to Augoustou’s home about 4.40pm on Tuesday, claiming there was an injured,drug-affected man at the address.
According to police documents considered at Wollongong Local Court on Thursday, officers could find noinjured person at the home, only anamount of blood on the floor.
Citing concern for welfare, police later searched the property, allegedly finding the gun and some pills.
Meantime,Augoustou made contact with police before attending Lake Illawarra Police Station about 9.15am the next day. He had congealed blood on his head and claimed he had fallen from a ladder.
He was arrested and charged withpossessing a prohibited firearm, unregistered firearm and not safely storing afirearm.
Police allege Augoustou is or has been a member of the ComancheroMotorcycle Club.
Applying for bail, Augoustou’s lawyer Matt Ward said there was no evidence of this. Mr Ward questioned whether the “makeshift” rifle was capable of causing damage.
“I’m not saying this doesn’t look like a firearm,” he said. “But we have nothing in the facts to indicate this has been tested.
“There appears to be no [firing] pin … that would create that explosion.There’s noway you could put in ammunition.”
“I’m no ballistics expert but it’s another issue that’s going to take some time to resolve.”
Magistrate Stoddart accepted police hadclassified the object in line withfirearms legislation.Bail was refused.The matter returns to court January 24.
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