Firearm sought over shooting has been found

Hagley Park-04The firearm allegedly used in a shooting in Hagley Park has been found, and three people charged over the incident were today remanded for a case review before trial on November 4.
Defence counsel for Gina Thomas, Pip Hall, said Thomas was applying for a bail variation because the firearm had been located. She had been charged with suppression of evidence relating to the shooting, and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Thomas, 21, of Hanmer Springs, was granted the variation by Christchurch District Court Judge John Strettell, but all discussion about it was suppressed.
Banjamin Michael Hack, a 23-year-old labourer, was given a registrar’s remand to the same date, but did not appear in court. He is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.
Lance John Ross, 22, who is in custody, appeared on an AVL link from the prison. He pleaded not guilty to his charges and his counsel, Phillip Allan, made a bail application for him.
Mr Allan said the complainant had recovered and was now out of hospital.
Bail was granted by Judge Phillip Moran who said that the heat had gone out of the situation now, and he would be granted bail to stay an address out of Christchurch.
He is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, reckless discharge of a .22 calibre Magnum rifle, and firing the weapon with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Jarod John Hay was shot in the chest in the incident on August 11 after a confrontation involving 10 people. The people in two cars were known to each other, and the incident began with a bottle being thrown and ended with the alleged shooting.

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