Should it be you going to jail when you shoot a burglar?

via Yahoo!

via Yahoo!


A 47-year-old man was remanded on bail when he appeared before a Justice of the Peace in the Kaitaia District Court today charged with wounding and using a firearm, both with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

An interim order suppressing the man’s name and occupation was granted, without opposition from the police.

The charges relate to an alleged attempt to steal a front-end loader from a property near Houhora, about 39km north of Kaitaia, on Wednesday night. An 18-year-old man was taken to Kaitaia Hospital where he was treated for pellet wounds and later transferred to Whangarei Hospital for treatment. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

Bail was granted to the defendant on the conditions that he live at a specified address, not contact named witnesses and not possess or use a firearm.

If burglars knew that you can take pot shots at them while they are on your property helping themselves to your stuff, there will be a lot fewer willing to take the risk.

I’m always left feeling the law isn’t very just when it becomes all about the dumb burglar getting hurt.  Those are the risks of the job mate.  Perhaps you should be paying top dollar in ACC levies.

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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.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.