A fitter machinist from a large Newcastle firm has been jailed for four years and six months for manufacturing handguns.
The Newcastle Herald reports that Andrew Peddie, 40 of Lake Macquarie pleaded guilty to illegally manufacturing firearms in his garage and possessing illegal firearms.
According to a statement of facts tendered to Newcastle District Court, police attended Peddie’s workplace where they found a hand-made single-shot pistol in his locker. The pistol could fire a .22 calibre round.
Peddie had claimed that he found the item but a search of his residence revealed more guns as well as firearm designs.
The NSW bikie gangs squad first became aware of the existence of the illegal firearms when they found one of them in a Belmont North home during a raid in 2011.
And in September 2012 police found another pistol with a threaded barrel in the possession of a Newcastle drug dealer.
Peddie was given a non-parole period of two years and six months. Time already served means he will be eligible for parole in August 2015.