Trent Kianaia Miller, 21, appeared by audio visual link at the Blenheim District Court on Tuesday, pleading guilty to four charges including possession of a firearm.
A Marlborough man who was found to possess a semi automatic shotgun while on bail in Christchurch has been sentenced to nine months in prison.
Trent Kianaia Miller, 21, was released from prison in November 2019 with conditions that he did not possess or consume any drugs or alcohol.
At about 3.10pm on December 15, Miller was arrested for breaching his bail conditions by failing to report to the Christchurch Central Police Station.
A search of his property located a glass meth pipe and 41 grams of cannabis in his bag.
In explanation, Miller told police he found the glass meth pipe on the road and he didn’t know where the cannabis came from.
On January 9, 2020, police attempted to locate Miller at his Christchurch address.
Police observed a large black gun bag in plain view in his sleep-out prompting them to search the property for firearms under the Search and Surveillance Act 2012.
They located a semi automatic shotgun wrapped in a towel.
Miller does not hold a firearms licence, and declined to comment to police.
Miller pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a cannabis plant, meth pipe and breaching bail when he appeared by audio visual link at the Blenheim District Court on Tuesday.
His lawyer Phil Watson said it was a matter of “wrong place, wrong time”.
He said the firearm was found at Miller’s address when he wasn’t there.
“But he takes responsibility for it,” Watson said.
Judge Garry Barkle said the most serious charge was the possession of a firearm which could “potentially” have caused significant harm.
He gave Miller credit for his guilty pleas, but noted he had a “lengthy offending history”, including some serious matters.
Judge Barkle sentenced him to nine months imprisonment on the four charges and ordered a destruction of the firearm.
Miller had previously entered not guilty pleas to three separate charges and elected a trial by jury. These charges have gone to June 23 for a callover.