Stupid is as stupid does, Darwin claims another

Some people are just destined to become victims of their own stupidity.

This case is right up there.

The party where a young man died in Gisborne last night was “far from out of control”, the property owner says.

The 20-year-old climbed a tennis court lighting pole at his friend’s Lytton West house and tried to jump into a swimming pool. Instead, he lost his balance and landed on paving below.

He was rushed to Gisborne Hospital with serious injuries but died shortly after arriving, about 8.30pm.

The man had multiple injuries to various parts of his body, Eastern District Police spokeswoman Kris McGehan said.

Tairawhiti Police said the death was a tragic accident and would be referred to the coroner.  

I bet you the finding says his blood alcohol levels were above the legal limit to drive.

The owner of the property, who asked not to be named, said the deceased was a friend of his son.

“There were about 20 of them around at the house, having a few drinks,” he said.

“They were planning on heading to Rhythm and Vines [music festival].

“It was far from out of control. It was very relaxed.”

He said the group was about to leave when the accident happened.

“My wife and I had gone out about half an hour before. I think the guys had called a taxi, and while they were waiting they sat back down, and that must have been when [the man] decided to climb the light.

“It’s truly tragic. We’re devastated. We can’t stop thinking about the family.”

Police had not yet released the name of the victim, who had attended high school in the area before moving away.

Darwin always gets his mark.

It’s all shits and giggles until someone dies.


– Fairfax



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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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