The Southland hunter who accidentally shot and killed a
member of another hunting party has pleaded guilty to
carelessly using a firearm causing death.
During a brief appearance in the Invercargill District Court
today, Judge Christina Cook convicted Wayne Edgerton (56), of
Tuatapere, and remanded him on bail for sentencing on June
Police prosecutor Sergeant Denise Harvey said Edgerton told
police he had "broken the cardinal rule of hunting''
when he failed to correctly identify his target in the
Longwoods, Western Southland on Sunday, April 13.
He mistook Adam Hill (25) for a deer and shot him once in the
chest, causing massive internal injuries.
Mr Hill died immediately despite attempts by his hunting
companion and Edgerton's group to help him.
- Full story tomorrow's Otago Daily Times