Ballistics delay keeps North Albury man in jail

A NORTH Albury man charged with firearms offences will reappear in court next month after the preparation of ballistics reports on items allegedly found at his Corowa business last year.

Self-employed metalworker Benjamin Vagg, 33, has been charged with seven offences and has been in custody since bail was refused in November.

His case was mentioned in Albury Local Court yesterday, with police prosecutor Sgt Andrew Pike saying there had been a delay in ballistic examinations of items.

It had been expected the examination would have been completed by late last week with an expert report available early next month.

Magistrate Tony Murray adjourned the charges until February 24 and no application was made for bail.

A bail application last November heard police allegedly found pen pistols, two rifle silencers and a trench knife at Vagg’s workplace.

The discovery was made by police involved with Strike Force Ednie looking into the shooting death of Lavington man Luke Hargrave.

It is alleged officers found four “home-made” pen pistols capable of firing .22 calibre bullets.

Two rifle silencers and numerous rounds of boxed and loose ammunition were left sitting in unlocked containers and drawers at various locations throughout the factory.