Man charged over duck shooting death in Waiuku

Thursday 29 September 2011, 3:22PM
By New Zealand Police


Counties Manukau Police have charged a 57 year-old man with careless use of a firearm causing death in relation to an incident in Waiuku on 7 May 2011 which resulted in the death of 53 year-old Eric Phillip Bright.

Mr Bright was killed by a single gunshot wound while duck shooting with a group of friends on the Bright family farm near Waiuku.

Detective Senior Sergeant Al Symonds says "The charge comes after an exhaustive Police investigation which included extensive forensic testing. During this investigation Police found no evidence to suggest that Mr Bright died as a result of anything other than an accidental shooting."

"We realise duck shooting is a social activity but drinking and using firearms is a recipe for tragedy. We encourage avid duck shooters to keep this front of mind for next season."

The man who has been charged in relation to the incident will be appearing in the Pukekohe District Court on 5 October 2011.