Shooting victim heads off arrest warrant

Court House-general 3A man shot in the thigh in an unexplained incident in Christchurch last week has now made a voluntary appearance at court, heading off an arrest warrant that was issued for him on Tuesday.

Dean Walter Louis, 30, arrived at the Christchurch Court House soon after the deadline for the issue of the arrest warrant was due to expire.

That meant the warrant did not need to be executed so Louis made a voluntary appearance and was remanded on bail to September 13 for the case review hearing he missed on Tuesday.

Christchurch District Court Judge Tom Gilbert issued the warrant to “lie in court” for almost 24 hours without being formally issued, after Louis failed to attend the hearing.

Louis was facing two charges of unlawfully possessing firearms and obstructing a constable, arising from a police search of his Yaldhurst Road address on April 6.

Police allege they found two rifles at the property, and an 8-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier was “shot and destroyed” on the property when it attacked officers and a police dog.

He has denied both charges and the case is heading for trial.

But last week, while he was on remand, he was shot in the thigh in an incident at the same Yaldhurst property and was delivered to hospital by a friend.

Defence counsel Anselm Williams explained to the judge on Tuesday that Louis had been shot last week and had ended up in hospital. He had not been able to reach Louis, nor find out whether he was still in hospital.

Police said at the time that the circumstances around the shooting were unclear, and it is believed no-one has yet been arrested.


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