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Sydney man jailed over fake Tommy gun

AAP logoAAP 8/11/2016 Andrew Leeson

A convicted criminal who has now embraced religion has been jailed for at least 10 months after being caught with a replica 1928 Thompson machine gun in Sydney's inner-west.

Marc Avidov, 42, had pleaded guilty to charges including possessing a replica firearm, ammunition, a small amount of ice and fake driver's licences in 2015.

Judge Robert Sutherland told Sydney's District Court on Tuesday that Avidov had a criminal record which began when he was 18 and spanned across WA, Queensland and NSW.

However, the judge said the record had remained relatively minor until a recent descent into ice dependency.

He said he accepted Avidov's explanation that he had simply been acting as a courier with the replica firearm and ammunition, in a bid to fuel his drug habit.

Judge Sutherland said he believed Avidov had seen the light while on remand in prison and unlike some judges, he had not yet lost his optimism.

Avidov had "embraced his faith in a way that one can only hope and pray is genuine," Judge Sutherland said.

"Keep up the good indications that you have demonstrated," he told Avidov who appeared via video link with a large cross around his neck.

After his arrest Avidov served time for outstanding warrants until May 17, with his latest sentence backdated to May 18.

Avidov is eligible for parole in March.

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