Charges laid in fatal hunting shooting

File photo.

Police have charged a 37-year-old in relation to the fatal shooting of a Katikati man.

Detective Senior Sergeant Stephen Ambler says Gordon Douglas Leech was hunting alone in the bush when he was fatally shot on Monday April 2.

"The 57-year-old was hunting alone when he encountered another hunting party and was shot in the chest."

Following an almost week-long investigation, police have charged a 37-year-old man with careless use of a firearm causing death after the shooting in the Kaimai-Mamamu Forest.

The accused is due to appear in Hamilton District Court today.

More on SunLive...
You must be logged in to make a comment. Login Now

New Zealand

Posted on 11-04-2018 14:12 | By maildrop

The place where you really can get away with killing someone. "Careless" is an understatement. It should be manslaughter, minimum. Another example where the hard of thinking get a license to operate dangerous equipment.

Rule number 101

Posted on 11-04-2018 13:23 | By clingon

Always identify your target. I thought a hunter was always meant to know what he was shooting at- or did he?