Olympic shooting champion Michael Diamond handed 10-year gun ban

Olympic shooting champion Michael Diamond handed 10-year gun ban
May 04 09:18 2017 Print This Article

Updated May 04, 2017 19:28:15

Australian Olympic shooting champion Michael Diamond has been found guilty of firearms and drink-driving offences, which will see him banned from holding a gun licence for 10 years.

The professional shooter was arrested in May last year in the New South Wales town of Port Stephens.

It was alleged the 44-year-old was involved in a domestic incident with his brother at Nelson Bay, north of Newcastle, before he was stopped by officers on the road.

Police said he refused to undergo a roadside breath test and when police searched his car they allegedly found a shotgun and 150 rounds of ammunition.

He was charged with high-range drink-driving, not keeping a firearm safe and using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.

Diamond was ruled ineligible for nomination for the Rio 2016 Olympics after he was charged.

A Hunter Valley Magistrate said he was satisfied there was no illegality in the way police searched Diamond’s car and seized his shotgun and ammunition.

The trap-shooting veteran has competed in six previous Olympic Games.

Topics: crime-prevention, crime, law-crime-and-justice, raymond-terrace-2324, nsw

First posted May 04, 2017 19:18:07

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