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Charged on summons in the Police Court to-day with having in his possession, without satisfactorily accounting for the fact, an automatic rifle and 600 rounds of ammunition, the property of the-United States Government, Reay de Vere Hunt (47), engineer, pleaded guilty. Senior-Detective Trethewey said defendant was found in possession of the rifle and ammunition of June 19. Defendant explained that about Easter time last year he went deer stalking with an American. On returning from the expedition the American left the rifle and ammunition at his flat and later departed from New Zealand. Appearing for defendant, Mr. Stedman pointed out that Hunt was a sportsman and a most respectable citizen. He had kept the rifle at his house quite openly, and had been frank with the police. There was nothing sinister in the matter and Hunt was rather a victim of circumstances. "Our American friends are not accustomed to doing things in half-measures, which accounts for so much ammunition ' being found, added counsel. "Defendant would have taken the rifle and ammunition to the American authorities after his friend had failed to return, but the reason he did not do this was that he did not wish to get his friend into I will take the most favourable view that the rifle was not wrongly obtained, but he should have known his duty was .to return it. Defendant was fined £10.

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ENGINEER FINED £10, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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ENGINEER FINED £10 Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 170, 20 July 1945

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