Couple faces gun charges

A COUPLE was caught with stolen, sawn-off firearms after they crashed their stolen vehicle on Sunday morning, a court was told yesterday.

Ayla Jane Heron, 20, of Paddington in Brisbane, was granted bail in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday after appearing on charges of shortening firearms, two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, two counts of breaking and entering and one charge of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Heron did not enter a plea.

Peter James Pearson, 25, did not apply for bail or enter a plea when he briefly appeared in court on the same charges.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Fiona Ward said the theft of four firearms from an address in Monto was reported on Saturday afternoon .

Snr Const Ward said police were later called to a single-vehicle crash near Monto about 4.30am on Sunday.

She told the court that when police attended the crash, they found a sawn-off shotgun on the centre console, another shotgun in the vehicle and realised the vehicle had been reported as stolen.

“Police also located a cannabis leaf that was freshly cut,” she said.

Defence lawyer Nick Larter said Heron was currently a part of the methadone program and she had not had any of the drug in the past “couple of days”.

Mr Larter said Heron had lived with a nurse at a home in Paddington since the beginning of the year.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts granted Heron bail on the condition she remained at her home in Paddington.

Heron and Pearson are expected to appear in court on September 19.



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