Shooting charges dropped against two defendants

November 4, 2013 | By More

Hagley Park-02The Crown has dropped charges against two peopleĀ arrested over an alleged shooting incident in Hagley Park early on Sunday August 11.

One accused remains, and his case has been remanded to a pre-trial call-over in the Christchurch District Court on January 24.

Lance John Ross, 22, of Upper Riccarton, who works at a tow-bar firm, is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, reckless discharge of a .22 calibre Magnum rifle, and firing the weapon at Jarod John Hay with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Police allege Mr Hay, 22, was shot in the chest in the confrontation which involved about 10 people in two cars. The incident began with a bottle being thrown and ended with the alleged shooting.

Ross is on bail for the remand to the next hearing which is expected to a set a trial date.

Crown prosecutor Barnaby Hawes today asked for the leave of the court to drop the charges against the other two people who had been charged and that was granted by Judge Raoul Neave.

Gina Thomas, 21, of Hanmer Springs had charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and unlawful possession of a firearm withdrawn.

Banjamin Michael Hack, a 23-year-old labourer, had a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm withdrawn.

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