Agape Ministries member gets his 22,000 bullets back

Adelaide Now, Australia/May 16, 2012

THE 22,000 rounds of ammunition seized by police from an Agape Ministries member have been released months after his acquittal.

Kevin Andrew Moore, 51, of Mount Compass, was found not guilty of seven weapons and ammunition-related offences in November and all charges were dismissed.

But it has taken five months for police to release the firearms and ammunition at the centre of the allegations.

In the Christies Beach Magistrates Court this week prosecutors confirmed that the ammunition had been "returned to an appropriate agent of the defendant", understood to be a friend, and arrangements were made to release 15kg of seized gun powder.

Police were conducting an audit of Mr Moore's registered firearms at his home in May 2010 when they allegedly found "excessive" amounts of ammunition and a 9mm pistol in a wardrobe.

Giving evidence at trial, investigating officer Sergeant Peter Walter-Smith said 22,658 rounds of ammunition were found at Mr Moore's property, predominantly in the shed.

He said the ammunition found included cartridges for a 12-gauge shotgun.

Mr Moore's firearms licence was revoked pending the outcome of the criminal charges.

When Magistrate Koula Kossiavelos dismissed the charges, police prosecutors said they would recommend that "the registrar reinstate his firearms licence" and all property be returned.

However, Mr Moore's licence had since expired and therefore, the court heard previously, police could not release the items to him.

In February Ms Kossiavelos ordered the property be returned to a nominated associate of Mr Moore.

In dismissing the charges Ms Kossiavelos also ordered prosecutors to pay costs of $13,255.

Cormac McCarron, for Mr Moore, said his client was happy to be acquitted of all charges.

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