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Central City Shotgun Blast Admitted

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Wellington, Dec 19 NZPA - A Rolleston 17-year-old told police he fired a shotgun at another car in central Christchurch because he was "psychotic and trigger-happy".

Jacob Oscar Murray pleaded guilty today to charges of discharging the gun, unlawful possession of firearms, and burglary of a shipping container when the guns were stolen.

Christchurch District Court Judge Phil Moran remanded him in custody for probation and reparation reports and sentence on April 3, Christchurch Court News website.

The crown said Murray and a friend had been driving in Christchurch city on the night of July 19-20 when their car window was smashed by people in another vehicle who threw bottles.

They went to Rolleston and got a shotgun that had been stolen a few days before from the shipping container in Dunsandel, and then had an altercation with people in a similar car.

The occupants of that car saw the shotgun barrel being pointed at them and phoned the police and then decided to follow the vehicle as well.

Murray then fired the shot, smashing the car's windscreen and penetrating the radiator.

He told police he had drunk 12 bottles of bourbon and cola, and had fired the gun because he was psychotic and trigger-happy.

The cost of repairs to the other car is still being estimated but the crown is seeking $1300 reparations for the stolen weapons.

The other youth accused of being in the car with Murray - Casey Aaron Mike Gathergood, now aged 18 - was remanded on bail for a pre-trial conference on February 13.


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