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Man Charged With GBH After Matauri Bay Incident


Man Charged With GBH After Matauri Bay Incident

Kaikohe CIB have today charged a man with 'Wounding with intent to cause Grievous Bodily Harm' following an armed incident last night in Matauri Bay, northeast of Kaeo.

The 49 year old self employed man appeared this afternoon in Kaikohe District Court.

In the meantime his 43 year old victim has undergone surgery at Whangarei hospital on what Police believe to be a Shotgun wound to his shoulder.

Police reponded to several calls from Matauri Bay in the early hours of this morning. Residents reported hearing several loud shotgun blasts.

Several calls were also made from the occupants of a Ta Puhi Road house.

Police attended and after surrounding the house for some time, eventually entered and located both the wounded man and the alleged offender.

A loaded pump action shotgun was found in nearby bushes.

Police conducted a scene examination today and recovered several spent shotgun cartridges and a number of other firearms.

They have yet to interview the victim due to his medical condition, which is reported as stable.

Interviews with witnesses indicate to the Police that alcohol was definitely a contributing factor in this armed incident.


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