Man had guns and knuckle-dusters at beach carpark

Man had guns and knuckle-dusters at beach carpark

POLICE found a handgun, knuckle-dusters and a BB pellet gun when they searched a car parked at a Secret Harbour beach.

Lucas Daniel Hood-Penn (34) pleaded guilty to 14 offences including having ready access to weapons, the unlicensed possession of dangerous goods, stealing and driving offences when he appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court via video link from Hakea Prison.

Police prosecutor Emma Houghton said Hood-Penn had the weapons and 1g of cannabis in a car at Secret Harbour on September 21.

She said Hood-Penn also stole fuel from service stations in Mount Magnet and Singleton.

Sen Const Houghton said police found a firework in Hood-Penn’s bag and he was caught driving an unlicenced vehicle in Bunbury without a valid licence.

Lawyer Clare Hay said Hood-Penn had relapsed into drug use after his marriage ended and his ex-wife moved away with his six-year-old son.

“He and Mandurah are not a good mix,” Ms Hay said.

Ms Hay said Hood-Penn needed a fresh start on the opposite part of the city.

Hood-Penn was fined $500 and was placed on a nine-month community based order with program requirements.