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A Rappville man caught by police last December with three rifles, equipment for manufacturing ice and a cache of ammunition has pleaded guilty in court.

On December 30, police raided Travis Edward Holmes Rappville residence and found the three rifles that officers suspected were stolen.

The search of the premises uncovered a 12 gauge shotgun, a .22 calibre lever-action rifle with scope, a .460 calibre shotgun and ammunition for the weapons.

During the search officers also located cannabis, cannabis seeds and an amount of glassware containing residue that police suspect was used in the manufacture of ice.

Mr Holmes was arrested and taken to Casino police station and charged with nine offences.

The charges included three counts of possessing an unauthorised firearm, possessing ammunition without a licence, not keeping firearms safely, two counts of possessing a prohibited drug, possessing an apparatus to manufacture a prohibited drug and goods in custody.

Just six days later, police allege Mr Holmes broke into a Casino residence.

Then the following day it is alleged Mr Holmes broke into a different Casino home.

Mr Holmes was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated break and enter in company and two counts of break and enter in company.

On Tuesday at Lismore Local Court Mr Holmes was represented by his solicitor Mr Walsh who entered guilty pleas to the nine firearm related charges.

The court heard the Director of Public Prosecutions had carriage of the break and enter charges.

Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned Mr Holmes’ matters until May 2.

He is excused from appearing at court on that occasion if legally represented.

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  1. Chaps. Seems you are still leading your stories with Weapons as the primary hook.
    “Rappville man guilty of having stolen weapons”

    When in reality this chap has a list of anti social behaviour. Maybe your header should have been.

    ” Man Charged – Cannabis possession, break and enters, Possessing drug apparatus and illegal firearms offences”.

    Much more reflective of the true story.

    The way you lead your stories is giving legal firearms owner a bad name and helping condition the public that Firearms are bad.

    I would suggest Drugs as used by this man are BAD to ones health. Firearms are not inherently bad. Many sporting shooters and collectors are in fact good citizens and we resent aspersions being cast on our sport / hobby by members of the press who prefer to lead their articles GUNS or WEAPONS as catch lines.


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