Loaded firearms found at Dunedin shooting scene

August 15, 2017 | By More

Police found loaded firearms and a substantial amount of ammunition when they searched the home where a Dunedin man had fired 20 rifle shots from inside his bedroom.

Some of the shots from the large calibre rifle passed through the walls of the house in Evans Street, Opoho, and struck plants in the man’s garden, and in his neighbour’s yard.

A psychiatric report was ordered on David Ross Cramond at his appearance in the Christchurch District Court today.

Cramond, a carpenter who turned 63 today, was remanded in custody for sentencing on October 3 after Judge Gary MacAskill refused his application for bail pending sentencing.

Cramond immediately pleaded guilty – on his first court appearance – to the charge of firing a high calibre rifle with reckless disregard for the safety of others.

Judge MacAskill asked for a pre-sentence report, a psychiatric report, and a report on his suitability for a home detention sentence to be prepared for the sentencing.

Police said Cramond was the holder of a firearms licence.

At 9.30pm last Wednesday, he was at home alone at his Opoho address.

The house is in a residential street and has other houses on both sides, and directly across the street.

Cramond went into the master bedroom armed with a large calibre firearm and fired more than 20 shots.

Police said: “These rounds penetrated the internal walls of the two bedrooms before exiting the house through the external wall and the window. The discharged rounds subsequently damaged foliage in the defendant’s yard, ripping bark from established trees.

“Some of these rounds continued into the adjacent yard, damaging a raised garden bed at a neighbouring property.”

Police went to the property on Sunday night and found five unsecure firearms which were loaded and a “substantial amount of additional ammunition was positioned next to them”.

Police then found three more firearms inside the address.

Cramond acknowledged the offence. “He said he was annoyed about someone stealing some of his money,” police said.

The police say he has previously appeared before the court, and they want a court order for the destruction of the firearms and ammunition.

Cramond travelled to Christchurch where he was arrested and brought to court.

Tags: ,

Category: News

Pin It on Pinterest