Gun-toting couple plead guilty to 20 charges between them

THEY'RE no Bonnie and Clyde, but one couple who appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday were sentenced for a raft of charges, including an alarming possession of a loaded, semi-automatic rifle.

Courtney Elizabeth Hawking and Richard Ferreira both pleaded guilty to all charges on Tuesday, after racking up over 20 charges between them.

Hawking, 20, pleaded guilty to 13 charges, including a number of drug-related charges, driving charges and two counts of unlawful possession of weapons.

Ferreira, 28, also pleaded guilty to nine separate charges, which also included two counts of unlawful possession of weapons and an ammunition possession offence, among others.

The pair's charges covered a range of dates, from July 13 last year through to early January.

Police prosecutor Emma Bonnyman told the court police had attended a Kent St address on July 31, 2013, after witnesses alerted them to a disturbance and told officers they believed a gun was present at the property.

After threatening to force entry, officers were allowed into the unit, where they located a semi-automatic rifle with a loaded clip attached, unsecured in a kitchen cupboard, as well as multiple cans of mace spray and a silencer.

More than 70g of cannabis was also found in the unit, along with an amount of methylamphetamine and various drugs utensils.

Ferreira was also sentenced over a car crash she was involved in on Railway St, during which she admitted to officers to have been doing 30kmh over the limit prior to the accident.

Both were convicted on all charges, given an 18-month, wholly suspended sentence for the firearms charge, as well as 18 months probation for other offences plus fines.


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