Not guilty plea over distilling device

A Scamander man has pleaded not guilty to possessing an unlicensed and unauthorised  still. 

Tye Davenport appeared in the Launceston Magistrates Court this morning.

His lawyer Alan Hensley said the still - a device used to make liquids such as spirit alcohols and essential oils -  was found in the home of the defendant's friend who had recently died. 

Mr Davenport and others were in the home looking after the effects of the deceased when police arrived to conduct a search. 

Mr Davenport was subsequently charged under federal law.

The matter was set for hearing on May 1.