Rifle accidentally fired

May 12, 2017 | By More

A Kaiapoi man who accidentally fired a rifle in the carpark of Gun City was left shaken – and so was the owner of the car he shot.

Michael John Graham’s shot went through the door of his own car and into another car parked a metre away.

The owner of that car had just got out of it and was still nearby. He has filed a victim impact statement which will be considered by the judge when 50-year-old Graham is sentenced in the Christchurch District Court on June 2.

Graham, a construction worker, pleaded guilty to a charge of firing the rifle with reckless disregard for the safety of others.

The police said the incident took place at 2.30pm on April 9, outside Gun City in Cranford Street, Christchurch, when Graham was taking the rifle out of his car to take it into the shop for maintenance.

He accidentally touched the trigger and the rifle fired. Police said he had not taken the “reasonable precaution” of unloading the rifle before transporting it.

Graham, who has never previously appeared in court, told police that he had lost concentration.

Defence counsel Andrew McCormick said Graham acknowledged that he had not cleared the weapon before taking it to the shop.

“He is as embarassed and shocked by this incident as anyone,” he said. “I would suggest he’s very unlikely to make this mistake again. He is very shocked by it.”

Judge John Macdonald remanded Graham at large – no bail was needed – for sentencing, so that a reparation report could be prepared about the damage caused, and a meeting could be held where he would apologise to the other car owner.

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