A LLANBEDR hunt master has been fined £3,500 for ‘losing’ two guns and leaving a pistol in his car.
Alan Owen, 63, of Glandŵr Cottages, Llanbedr, who is the Llanbedr Master of the Hounds, pleaded guilty at Dolgellau magistrates court this week to three charges of failing to comply with the conditions of a shotgun and firearm certificate regulations.
Richard Edwards, prosecuting, said that on 14 February police officers attended at Owen’s home to check that the shotguns and firearms were kept under lock and key and complied with the regulations.
The police discovered that a pistol was missing and Owen said that it was in the glove compartment of his car. When the police asked about three other guns Owen said that he knew where they were, one was in the lounge that was due to be cleaned and the other two were upstairs, but when he went to get the two guns upstairs they had gone.
Owen gave the police details of the person he thought had the two guns, but the police enquiries did not sup-port what Owen had said.The defendant was responsible locally for disposing of unwell animals and had used the pistol that morning to destroy two unwell sheep, the court heard.
Owen said that he felt unwell and on doctors advice went to lie down. He told police that he forgot about the pistol, but reminded the officers that there was no ammunition in the vehicle.