Former Vanuatu police officer convicted for selling weapon

A former Vanuatu police officer has received a suspended sentence after he was convicted of selling a rifle without authorisation.

The former officer, whose identity was suppressed, sold the point-22 rifle when he was in charge of the police armory.

He was paid $US465 for the weapon by a man who believed he would receive a brand new rifle.

When he found the gun was not new, he complained to the former officer and later the police.

The former officer was given a five-month suspended sentence and ordered to pay the money back.