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Man pleads guilty to Rotorua hunting death

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Upper North Island News | Wednesday November 14 2012 18:39

Man pleads guilty to Rotorua hunting death

A Rotorua man who accidentally shot and killed fellow hunter James Dodds has today pleaded guilty to careless use of a firearm causing death.

Mr Dodds was shot by his hunting companion Henry Worsp on the September 7, in the Waikete Valley south of Rotorua.

The Rotorua District Court heard how the pair split shortly after entering the bush.

About half an hour later, Worsp decided to head back to find Mr Dodds.

When he heard rustling in the bush, he twice checked to make sure it was a deer before lining up and taking the shot.

Police believe the mix of the patterns on Mr Dodd's clothing and a hanging fern near where he was standing, could have seen Worsp mistake him for a deer.

Worsp will be sentenced on the 10th of January.

Photo: James Dodds (NZ Herald)

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