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Ian Chow faces upto two years jail in Australia

By Adam Cooper, The Age

An Australian expatriate has pleaded guilty to trying to illegally export components used in the manufacture of ammunition into Papua New Guinea.

Ian Chow will be sentenced on Thursday afternoon in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court to the charge of exporting prohibited goods.

In a pre-sentencing hearing on Thursday, the court heard Chow was a high-profile businessman in PNG when he instigated the exportation of gunpowder, cartridge cases, primer and propellant from Australia in 2012 in boxes that were marked as containing household items and ingredients for making biscuits.

Chow is the managing director of Lae Biscuit Company, based in the country’s second-largest city.

The items were detected when PNG authorities inspected a ship that arrived in Lae and looked in the containers, which were wrapped in black plastic.

The court was told Chow was present at the time and did not have a permit for the items. He was arrested by Australian Federal Police last year.

Michelle Sewell, for the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions, told the court Chow paid an associate, Peter Cunningham, $16,200 to source the gunpowder and other items and arrange for them to be exported through another man, Frank Goodwin.

She said Cunningham falsified documents to have the items exported out of Australia and that he and Chow had assured Mr Goodwin there were no concerns over the ship’s contents.

The court heard Cunningham pleaded guilty to exporting prohibited goods in an ACT court last December and was put on a good behaviour bond with conviction and fined $500. No action was taken against Mr Goodwin.

Ms Sewell told magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg that Chow deserved a more severe punishment given his role in organising the plan and instructing Cunningham.

Chow’s lawyer told the court his client had the ammunition components sent to PNG for use by members of the Lae Pistol Club and that his reasons for doing so were for “legitimate, lawful and pro-social purposes”.

The court heard Chow chose to take a “short cut” by shipping the items to PNG without permission from authorities, as the shooting club and police officers in Lae were short of ammunition when Chow’s house burnt down in February last year.

Chow had kept ammunition for the club at his house and that it had been destroyed in the fire, the court heard.

Ms Sewell told the court the AFP accepted there were no criminal motives behind Chow’s attempts to rush the components in undetected. The items would have been lawful with a permit, she said.

Chow faces up to two years in jail and a fine of $13,200.

  1. KirksMarn
    April 5, 2013 at 7:51 am

    he also has a porn pictures with staff members

  2. JUDY
    April 5, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Lock him up and never let him out,he would sell those items to the rasols in PNG anywhere.

    April 5, 2013 at 9:00 am

    He must be locked up for a long time. The bullets will be sold to criminal groups, businessmen, politicians etc to do more corruption in PNG

  4. Justus Rapula
    April 5, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Rascals have enough ammo and bullets and dont need Ian’s help. Police and registered gun owners needed Ian,s help.

  5. Rocksy F
    April 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Kaikai kan saiko like buli lo PNG. koapim sting from na go silip lo cell 2 years

  6. feekay
    April 9, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    There’s lot of good profit in biscuits, PNGuineans love their local biscuits and Lae Biscuit has a very good market share. Their success lies in developing an acquired taste with the consumers much better than the others and getting the idomitable and obnoxious comedian Kanage to push sales on TV screens. BUT may be there is better and faster money in trafficking guns and ammo! Otherwise, why would an MD of a company risk doing this? Some people can never have enough! I think the long arms of the law in bothy PNG and Australia should come down hard saying “Inaf is Inaf is inaf”.

  7. TKyak
    April 13, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Australia should do PNG a justice by sending him back to PNG so he can be locked up at Bomana…where he can be fed snax and soap-wara daily for the next two years!!

    This should also come as a warning call to all those so-called “investors” in PNG. All of them come here for only one purpose – money! ..and most of them are engaged in illegal activities to take shortcuts to achieve this dream. No wonder such illegal activities are rife in PNG where semi-educated public servants let such activities happen right under their nose.

    I just wish PNG had the vision to appoint someone like Belden Namah (who would normally act first and think later) to help us all see where we are heading so we can better help prepare ourselves for future!!

  8. Tabzvillian
    October 20, 2013 at 12:58 am

    It would be better if he’s locked up in Bomana, kaikai biscuit na drink soap wara ba nice stret.

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