Fiji police have charged a man with the manslaughter of a
6-year-old New Zealand boy.
Mohammed Khan, of Auckland, was shot in the stomach on
Saturday while he was on holiday with his parents, who were
building a house in Fiji.
A statement from Fiji police this morning said a 34-year-old
pilot had been charged with manslaughter. He had also been
charged with "contravening rules and regulations of arms and
The arrested man owns the gun police say fired the shot that
killed Mohammed, who had been playing with a 14-year-old and
10-year-old cousin when the shooting occurred.
Police have previously said the children were alone at the
time of the shooting and were questioning the 10-year-old
cousin, along with his parents, about the shooting.
The trio were playing near a car where police allege the
firearm, used for shooting pigs and goats, was being kept.
It's believed one shot was fired that passed through Mohammed
and struck the 14-year-old, critically injuring him. He was
yesterday in a stable condition after surgery.
The pilot is expected to be produced in the Lautoka
Magistrates Court this morning.
- Andrew Koubaridis of the New Zealand Herald