18 months' jail for 38 offences

A ROCHERLEA man has been jailed for 18 months for 38 charges relating to firearms, dishonesty, drugs and traffic offences.

Damien Wesley Marshall, 30, appeared in the Launceston Magistrates Court via video link yesterday.

Among the charges were possessing a bulletproof vest and a semi-automatic shotgun.

Marshall had pleaded guilty but argued his life was in danger, after he was shot last year, and the items were for personal protection.

Magistrate Simon Brown said it was not an excuse.

"Our society does not operate on the basis people can or should arm themselves to protect themselves," he said.

Mr Brown ordered the destruction of hollow point bullets owned by the defendant and suspended him from driving on release from jail. The sentence was backdated to November when Marshall was taken into custody.