24 Jun 2014

Home detention for hunting death

9:22 pm on 24 June 2014

The mother of a young hunter accidentally shot and killed has expressed shock and dismay at the sentence given to the man who shot him.

Wayne Edgerton.

Wayne Edgerton. Photo: RNZ / Steve Wilde

Wayne Edgerton, a campaigner for gun safety from Southland, was sentenced to seven months' home detention and 400 hours of community work when he appeared at the Invercargill District Court on Tuesday afternoon.

Edgerton shot 25-year-old Adam Hill while on a hunting trip in April this year and had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of careless use of a firearm.

Outside court, Mr Hill's mother Barbara Hill said the family believes the sentence is simply inadequate.

"How can you kill a man and get seven months in your house? It's not going to affect his income, it's not going to affect his life at all."

The family had earlier pleaded for a prison sentence, but the judge said precedence had been set in other cases and home detention was appropriate.