Duo jailed over shotgun attack

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Last updated 05:00 08/11/2012

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Two Hamilton men who set out on a revenge attack on a man suspected of breaking into one of their homes have been jailed.

Karl Alton Schubert, Kris Andrew Douglas and Jeffrey Ian Milliken were recently found guilty by a jury over the incident in Morrinsville on February 22, 2011.

Schubert, 42, was sentenced to 4 years' jail on six charges, including assault with a shotgun and assault with intent to injure, while Douglas, 36, was given 3 years' jail on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, and a separate charge of possession of methamphetamine for supply.

Milliken will be sentenced in the High Court at Hamilton on charges related to the incident, as well as other charges, at a later date.

The court heard the trio went to the victim's house after Schubert and his partner believed the occupant had burgled their house.

When they got there, nobody was home. Schubert and Milliken got out of their car and the victim and his partner arrived then at the property. An argument began between Schubert and the victim's wife, and Schubert grabbed a loaded shotgun from his vehicle and pointed it at the victim.

While threatening to kill him and his partner, Schubert jammed the firearm butt into the victim's face, causing cuts to his mouth and lip.

Police were called and the trio drove off, hiding the shotgun in bushes along the way. The car was eventually stopped after road spikes were set down.

Douglas had earlier pleaded guilty to his drug charge after he sent 13 grams of methamphetamine by courier to his boss in Christchurch in December, 2010.

Judge Barney Thomas said although he accepted Schubert had "good reason" to believe the victim had broken into his home, the incident got out of control.

He also accepted Douglas was just the driver during the attack.

Judge Thomas deducted six months off Schubert's sentence after finding there was provocation from the victim.

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- Waikato Times

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