Man caught with loaded gun faces drug and firearms charges

A BEXHILL man, who was caught by police with a loaded Smith and Wesson revolver and cannabis last Friday night, allegedly took the gun from a mate's shed to "clean it up because it was rusty" a court has heard.

Bodie Heard appeared in Lismore Local Court yesterday facing eight charges including possessing a loaded firearm in a public place, possessing an unauthorised pistol, custody of a knife in a public place and possess prohibited drug.

Police patrolling Lismore last Friday night noticed 28-year-old Heard and another 29-year-old man sitting in a car parked in Rugby Lane, Lismore at about 8.15pm.

A search of the vehicle by officers allegedly uncovered the loaded Smith and Wesson revolver and a quantity of cannabis.

Police allege the other 29-year-old man was in possession of restricted prescription medication.

Heard was arrested and appeared before Lismore Local Court on Saturday where he was refused bail.

Yesterday, prosecutor Ms Miller opposed bail being granted for the protection of the community.

"This matter is extremely serious in which live rounds were found in the pistol," she said.

Heard's solicitor Tom Trembath argued the risk to the community had been mitigated by police confiscating the gun. Mr Trembath told the court any unacceptable risk of granting bail could be mitigated by strict bail conditions.

Magistrate Jeff Linden granted Heard bail, ordering him to live at Bexhill and report to police three times per week.

"This is the very type of weapon that absolutely should not be in the community," he said.

He adjourned Heard's matters until a date in November when a plea must be entered. The 29-year-old man was charged with possess prescribed restricted substance and granted bail.



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