No charges laid in fatal driveway shooting

IAN STEWARD
Last updated 14:40 05/08/2014
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JOSH ROACH: The 23-year-old was the person shot and killed in a shared driveway.

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No charges will be laid over the shooting death of a West Auckland man after police decided the gunman was acting in self defence.

Allen George Lum, 41, appeared in the Waitakere District Court today where he pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a weapon.

However, he was not charged over the death of 23-year-old Josh Roach, who shot Lum's son Ricky in the throat shortly before being fatally shot himself.

Roach and the Lums had been arguing about their shared driveway in the suburb of Ranui.

Defence lawyer Murray Gibson previously said Lum was defending his sons Trae and Ricky against the gunman.
 
After Ricky Lum was shot in the neck, the gunman then pointed the gun at Trae, so Lum fired in defence of his son.
 
Detective Inspector Bruce Scott of the Waitemata Police said there had been a "comprehensive" investigation into the death of Roach.

"The information and evidence that was obtained and collated throughout the enquiry was the subject of a thorough review by legal counsel.  

"As a result, no charges relating to the death Mr Roach will be laid," Scott said.

Charges against Trae Lum were withdrawn.

Allen Lum will appear for sentencing in October.

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