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Explosives conviction in Kalgoorlie court - sentencing tomorrow - so why no action against Bruce Wilson

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Companies that made corrupt payments to Bruce Wilson's slush funds got peace - Woodside (post 91), Thiess, Leightons etc.

The tough as nails Sir Arvi Parvo, Chairman of Western Mining Corporation wouldn't pay.

So Wilson turned up one night with 20 kilograms of gelignite and instructions for the locals to blow up WMC's Kambalda Nickel Mine's ore silo.

 

Characteristically, the police have not been to see witnesses, let alone pull in the man who led the conspiracy.

Compare and contrast the protected Ludwig mate with a former digger.

Former bodyguard to Beyonce, Lady Gaga to be sentenced for explosives charge in Kalgoorlie

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Former soldier and celebrity bodyguard Wayne Schmarr will be sentenced later this week.

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The lawyer for a former soldier, celebrity bodyguard and security expert says a bizarre run of bad luck led to his client facing an explosives charge in Western Australia.

Wayne Schmarr served with the Australian Defence Force in Bosnia and Somalia, and has served as a bodyguard to celebrities such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Usher over the course of his career.

But the 47-year-old found himself charged with unlicensed possession of dangerous goods after being caught up in a drug raid in the Goldfields in mid-2016.

He pleaded guilty to the single charge earlier this year.

During an appearance in the Kalgoorlie Magistrates Court on Monday regarding sentencing, the court heard Schmarr had just moved into a friend's home in the Kalgoorlie suburb of Lamington on June 1 last year, when he discovered nearly 2 kilograms of explosives sitting in bags at the front of the property.

Police prosecutor Thomas Banyard said Schmarr had looked in the bag and identified the explosives, before moving them into a shed at the rear of the property.

Schmarr then found himself at the centre of a police investigation when police raided the property a short time later.

Presence of explosives immediately revealed to police

Senior Constable Banyard told the court detectives had been executing a drug-related search warrant targeting another resident of the property when the explosives were located.

He said police seized three power gel "sausages", two glass containers of ammonium nitrate, fusing and non-electric detonators.

Defence lawyer Brendon Slattery said his client had fully co-operated with police, informing detectives about the explosives as soon as they arrived at the property.

Asked by magistrate Adam Hills-Wright why Schmarr had not immediately reported the explosives to police when he found them, Mr Slattery said the 47-year-old did not have time.

"He had been at the property for one hour when police executed the search warrant," Mr Slattery said.

"He did not have time to make those inquiries … he was only moving in to the house that day."

Mr Slattery said once Schmarr had identified the explosives, he thought putting them in a locked shed was a reasonable step to take.

Prosecutors oppose call for spent conviction

While conceding a minimal fine was appropriate, Mr Slattery said a spent conviction, meaning no criminal record, was critical for Schmarr's future.

He said a conviction would impede the 47-year-old's ability to regain his security licence, which he lost after a confrontation with a drunk patron at Kalgoorlie's Gold Bar Nightclub.

"This is someone who is highly skilled," Mr Slattery told the court.

He said his client had played a key role in reducing alcohol-related violence at the venue in his five years on staff.

"So highly does the Gold Bar rate him, they've put him [back] on as a licensed manager," Mr Slattery said.

"It's fair to say there are police officers and prosecutors quite grateful for Mr Schmarr's presence."

While Mr Slattery said a conviction would unfairly impact Schmarr's ability to provide for his family, Senior Constable Banyard said the presence of such a large amount of explosives could not be played down.

"We don't believe this is a trivial offence," the prosecutor said.

"These explosives should have been in the hands of police or a mine site."

Schmarr will be sentenced on July 7.

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