17 Nov 2010

Hunter to face additional charge of manslaughter

4:18 pm on 17 November 2010

Police are to lay a more serious charge against a hunter who shot and killed a woman while hunting with a spotlight on Department of Conservation land at Labour Weekend.

Andrew Mears was charged with careless use of a firearm causing death, but will face a charge of manslaughter when he appears in Taupo District Court on Thursday.

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge on 3 November

Rosemary Ives, 25, died while brushing her teeth at a department campsite near Turangi.

At the time of the first court appearance, police indicated a more serious charge was possible.