A DUNCRAIG man was fortunate to avoid a criminal record in Joondalup Magistrates Court last Friday for possessing a “significant” amount of methamphetamine and an unlicensed combat firearm.
Magistrate Michelle Pontifex handed down a spent conviction to Jason Lou Ioppolo and fined him nearly $4000 across five offences, including a charge of having ready access to weapons and drugs, which carries a maximum penalty of $36,000.
She cited one of the reasons for the spent conviction was because a criminal record would affect the man’s work situation when he had a family to look after.
Police searched Ioppolo’s home and car on May 25, seizing 2.8g of methamphetamine and a 0.223 combat gun.
Officers also discovered a taser, crossbow and a glass smoking implement.
According to his defence lawyer, Iopollo was a licensed gun owner and kept other firearms in a security cabinet.
He said Ioppollo had been meaning to hand the unlicensed gun into police.
Ioppollo had since given up meth and passed urine tests.
He was unaware he needed a licence for a crossbow.
“In totality, it looks quite sinister, but when explained, it’s not,” the lawyer said.
The police prosecutor argued “it does look sinister”.
Ms Pontifex accepted “the offences aren’t sinister” but said they were “concerning”.
She said it was a “significant amount” of methamphetamine.
“We need to have a penalty that deters other people,” she said.
She fined him $1000 for methamphetamine possession and $900 for having ready access to weapons and drugs.
Ioppolo was also fined $900 for possession of an unlicensed gun, $600 for possession of a weapon and $500 for possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was ordered to pay $188 costs.