The home-kill butcher who accidentally shot his assistant is a long-time competitive shooter who still hopes attend the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
On Monday, Bruce Scott pleaded guilty in the Waitakere District Court to careless use of a firearm after he accidentally shot Simon Alex, 18, of Taupaki on a Peak Rd farm near Helensville on March 15 as they prepared to slaughter two cattle.
The matter is scheduled for a disputed facts hearing on November 14, before sentencing, as Mr Scott wants a discharge without conviction so he can keep his shooting dreams alive.
Mr Scott, 46, has represented New Zealand at a competitive level since he was 16.
Also an ace archer, he won two world titles for New Zealand.
"I've been wanting to compete for New Zealand at the Olympics since I was a kid. I tried to make the NZ Olympic team for rifle shooting at Seoul, and I narrowly missed out on selection there," Mr Scott says.
Mr Alex medically died twice after the .303 bullet deflected off a steer and ripped into his chest. He had a series of dramatic treatments to survive.
He's back working at Mr Scott's side and has written an affidavit supporting him.
New Zealand Clay Target Association president Keith Livingstone and Mr Scott's coach have done the same.
"Both of them stressed that if I did have a conviction it would almost certainly curtail my Olympic dream to be able to compete for New Zealand," Mr Scott says.
Judge Heemi Taumaunu says the law requires a person in Mr Scott's position to know and check where their assistant is before firing in circumstances with a risk they could be hit by a bullet.
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