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12 July 2013

The Cairns Magistrates Court has heard a man illegally obtained a handgun to protect himself from people involved in the drug trade.

The court was told police arrested Charles Lenard Osborne, 25, after they raided his Edmonton home in May.

During a search of the property, police found ammunition with a handgun on which the serial number had been removed.

Osborne pleaded guilty to six charges, including unlawful possession of a weapon.

His lawyer told the court his client obtained the gun from a friend to protect himself and had since taken steps to address his drug use.

Magistrate Anthony Gett fined Osborne $2,800 but did not record a conviction after hearing Osborne wanted to work in the IT or hotel industries.

He also ordered Osborne to forfeit the gun.