Police watch as man dumps shotgun shells in bin
POLICE saw a man dump a load of shotgun shells into a wheelie bin moments before they paid him a visit, a court has heard.
In a case heard before Ipswich Magistrates Court, police first went to the Lake Clarendon home where the man lived with his mother.
Prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick said the woman told officers her son Braydon Chalker wasn't there but staying at a house in Laidley.
Officers drove to Laidley and as they sat in their car outside, Chalker was seen walking to a wheelie bin and putting items inside.
A search found a box of shotgun shells buried under other items in the bin.
Sgt Dick said more ammunition was found in a bedroom along with eight capsules of powder in a bedside table.
"He says he did not know why he had thrown the shotgun rounds in the bin," Sgt Dick said.
Chalker told the officers he had friends who went shooting and hunting.
The capsules were identified as being Xanax. Chalker had no prescription for the anxiety medication.
Braydon James Chalker, 22, a diesel mechanic from Lake Clarendon, pleaded guilty to not having authority to possess explosives at Laidley on September 30; and possession of dangerous drugs without a prescription.
Defence lawyer Kelsea Read sought a fine only, with no conviction recorded, saying he was a young man of 22 with two children and no relevant criminal history.
Magistrate Virginia Sturgess told Chalker that if he wanted a weapon's licence then he should get one.
"If you want to engage in shooting and hunting then get a licence to do it," Ms Sturgess said.
"And follow the rules regarding proper storage of ammunition and weapons."
He was fined $600 with no conviction recorded.