Court hands down ruling on Latrell Mitchell’s gun offence during Covid camping trip
Latrell Mitchell arrives at Taree Local Court.Source: AAP
Rabbitohs star Latrell Mitchell has avoided a criminal conviction for a gun offence during his infamous camping weekend during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 23-year-old pleaded guilty in August to giving a firearm to an unauthorised person and was sentenced to a conditional release order on Monday in Taree Local Court.
Under the guidelines of the order he must not commit any offence for the next 12 months and he has to return to court if called to do so at any time during that period.
NSW Police fined Mitchell and Storm and Blues star Josh Addo-Carr $1000 in April for social-distancing breaches after the camp at the South Sydney fullback’s farm.
The NRL duo and 10 other men gathered in close proximity on the farm, breaching NSW gathering restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Addo-Carr was captured in footage from online videos shooting a gun. He was charged with using an unauthorised firearm and Mitchell was charged with providing it.
NRL player Josh Addo-Carr camping on Latrell’s property Picture Instagram.Source: Supplied
The NRL hit Addo-Carr and Mitchell $20,000 fines for bringing the game into disrepute, with additional $30,000 fines and one-game bans suspended for one year.
Addo-Carr, who has also pleaded guilty to his firearms offence, was due to have been sentenced on October 20.
That has been held over to March as he has been in the NRL’s coronavirus bubble for the NRL Grand Final and State of Origin series.