A Bridgetown antique store owner has breached a violence restraining order by possessing a pair of vintage firearms he had repaired and buried in the side wall of a dam. Matthew Raymond Colebrook pleaded guilty last Thursday to possessing the guns and also a number of body armour plates — used in bulletproof vests — and ammunition, after Police found them buried in the side of a recently excavated dam on his property inside large metal boxes. Mr Colebrook, a former defence force member, had been given the armour plates by a friend, while the pair of weapons had been brought to him by “an elderly man” at his store. But possessing the firearms meant Mr Colebrook breached a violence restraining order held against him by a former partner. He was charged with three separate counts of possessing an unlicensed firearm or ammunition, one count of possessing bulletproof clothing and a breach of the violence restraining order and was forced to pay $2100 in fines, plus costs. Mr Colebrook has been subjected to the VRO for two years, which stipulated he was not able to possess a firearm. Magistrate Benjamin Tyres said while none of the charges related directly to the holder of the VRO, said the manner in which the firearms were hidden was “a great concern”. “For whatever reason, you were trying to dispose of them,” Mag. Tyres said. Mr Colebrook’s defence lawyer, Natasha Stewart, said her client had brought the guns back to his property and “set them aside”, but was not sure what to do with them and “took it upon himself to bury the items”. “An elderly man brought them to his store and he put them back together,” she told the court. “He admits by burying them that he never should have had them.” Ms Stewart also said Mr Colebrook suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and alcoholism and had even recently had a failed suicide attempt. He will soon travel to South Australia to undergo an intensive recovery program designed for veterans. “This person needs help, needs treatment,” Ms Stewart said. “He desperately needs to get into a program really quickly.” The two guns, one of which dated back to 1897 and the other a World War I artefact, were forfeited but not destroyed, after Ms Stewart noted they had historical significance and that “the RSL might be interested”.