Shot man fears he may lose finger

21:29, Aug 15 2014
Lester Stantiall
OUCH: Lester Stantiall is scared he may lose a finger after he was shot at in Feilding receiving a serious wound to his hand.

The possibility of a Manawatu man having a finger on his right hand amputated is looking highly likely after he was shot while driving along a Feilding street.

Lester Stantiall, 34, suffered the wound after a shotgun was fired at his car as he drove along Makino Rd on August 9.

At the time, Stantiall said he was looking for the address of a friend when the shot rang out, with the driver's side door of his car bearing the brunt of the spray of pellets.

Feilding man Hayden Te Oka, 28, has been charged with discharging a firearm causing grievous bodily harm, and has appeared in the Palmerston North District Court, where he was remanded in custody in connection with the alleged offence.

Surgery on Stantiall's hand, performed at Palmerston North Hospital the day after the incident, was unable to remove all the pieces of shrapnel in the wound. A recent visit to the doctor had confirmed the wound had become infected, and the likelihood of losing his middle finger loomed larger.

He was "not impressed" with the news, he said yesterday.


Stantiall said his finger had gone numb, and turned a shade of blue and green. He did not know what his injury would mean for his work prospects, having been working on a dairy farm before he was injured.

But, he was holding out some hope that the finger would be saved, having also been told that the fractured digit would need to be put in a cast once his stitches were out.

They were expected to be removed in 10 days.

In the meantime, there was little he could do but wait.

Manawatu Standard