No grounds for appeal for man found with sawn-off rifle

A MAN fighting his conviction for stashing a sawn-off .22-calibre rifle in a BMW car has had his appeal thrown out of court.

Sunshine Coast man Thomas Grant Hansen was fined $1000 and convicted for possessing the cut-down firearm after a police raid on a Buderim home in October, 2012.

Police asked the six occupants of the house if there were firearms present.

Hansen was the only one to reply, with words to the effect "… there's a firearm in the vehicle at the front of the place".

He handed car keys to police who found the gun after a quick search.

The police officer's inability to recall Hansen's exact words was used as grounds for appeal.

Other evidence at the original trial came from witness Damien Bussey, who said he and another man named Bardsley had borrowed a cut-down rifle from Hansen and used it to rob the Kedron Hotel.

They gave Hansen "a bit of money" later that night and returned the gun at a later date.

Mr Bussey testified he had seen the gun stowed under the front passenger seat of a car driven by Hansen.

Judge Alan Wilson said there were no grounds for appeal.

"This is a case in which the jury had evidence before it sufficient to justify a guilty verdict," he said.

"There is nothing in the case giving rise to a concern that an innocent person has been wrongly convicted."

-APN NEWSDESK


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