Pot shots at stu­dents

Central Leader - - News -

Mt Al­bert Gram­mar School stu­dents were lucky to es­cape in­jury af­ter be­ing fired at with an air ri­fle while on the school’s back play­ing fields.

The stu­dents, who were do­ing de­ten­tion on the fields, no­ticed some­thing whizzing past them and looked up to see a man point­ing an air ri­fle at them.

None of the stu­dents was hit by the pel­lets.

Po­lice were called to the May 16 in­ci­dent and took a man, who they say is known to be a mem­ber of the Mon­grel Mob, into cus­tody.

The air ri­fle was not found dur­ing a po­lice search of the prop­erty, but the man was charged with reck­lessly dis­charg­ing a firearm.

Prin­ci­pal Dale Bur­den de­scribes the man’s ac­tions as “dan­ger­ous, il­le­gal and in­cred­i­bly stupid.”

“A stray pel­let could have got some­one in the eye and done a lot of dam­age.”

He says the school ap­pre­ci­ated the prompt po­lice re­sponse.

“It raises ques­tions about why a 45-year-old man has so much time on his hands he can sit at home and take pot shots at kids. Why isn’t he work­ing?

“If you can pull a trig­ger, you can use a mop.”

Con­sta­ble Sharon Oliver, who at­tended the call­out, says the crime was “quite ma­li­cious”.

“He very nar­rowly missed two boys. It’s quite a scary thing to have hap­pen in broad day­light.”

The man was bailed un­til his next ap­pear­ance at the Auck­land Dis­trict Court in July, with strict con­di­tions not to go near the school or have a firearm in his pos­ses­sion.

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