Court hands down ruling on Latrell Mitchell’s gun offence during Covid camping trip

Court hands down ruling on Latrell Mitchell’s gun offence during Covid camping trip

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Mark St John

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.

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If they applied the same rules to most farmers. They would be in the same boat. It’s nothing for a farmer to borrow a bigger rifle from his neighbour if his can’t do the job. Things are more casual in the country.

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Mate drive around where I live and many speed and other road signs have been blasted at by fuckwits with shotguns. If its on the land, then it your responsibility. How many farmers kids are shooting vermin aged 10 and up? These guys just killed a few cans, big deal.

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