Firework burns investigation results in charges
An investigation undertaken by Wellington Police has led to
a 23 year old Blenhiem man being charged with wounding with
reckless disregard for the safety of others.
relates to injuries sustained by a 40 year old man attending
the All Whites vs Mexico soccer match on 20 November 2013 at
It is alleged that the lit firework was
thrown by the 23 year old man from the back row of the stand
setting fire to the victim and causing serious burns which
required hospital treatment. Inquiries began after the
extent of those injuries was brought to the attention of
Inspector John Spence, Operation Commander for the
event, says "Throwing a lit firework into a crowded stand is
just plain stupid."
"We have made contact with the victim
who is still receiving treatment for his injuries. He was
relieved to know someone was being held accountable for such
The man will appear in Blenhiem
District Court on Monday 27 January.
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Gordon Campbell: On First Time Voting (Greens)
For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters. They’ve been asked to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music. Today’s guest columnist is Ana Avia-O’Connor, who will be casting her first time vote on Saturday for the Greens.
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