Thursday, 15 May 2008

Rocket theft soldier gets 10 years

An Australian army captain who stole 10 rocket launchers and sold them to a man with [alleged] links to terrorism has been jailed for a maximum of 10 years.

Shane Della-Vedova, 46, pleaded guilty to stealing the weapons during his time as an army ammunition technician officer between 2001 and 2003.

Della-Vedova, of south-western Sydney's Wattle Grove, also admitted selling the launchers to a man named "Harrington."

Sydney's Downing Centre District Court today sentenced the former career soldier to 10 years in prison with a non-parole period of seven years.

Judge Jonathan Williams said Della-Vedova's actions "strike at the very heart of state and federal security".


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