Birthday celebrations turned nasty for Alexandra labourer Anthony McLellan, who shot his friend in the leg with an airgun.
The 18-year-old pleaded guilty to causing bodily injury by carelessly using a firearm and discharging the airgun with a reckless disregard for the safety of others after shooting his friend on July 26 after spending the day drinking with friends.
McLellan's lawyer, Tim Cadogan, told the court how McLellan had bought the airgun for his birthday and had spent the day at a hotel drinking with friends, including the victim, becoming "grossly intoxicated".
After receiving texts from his girlfriend, and coupled with the alcohol, he got in a "bad place" and "did an utterly stupid act" getting the gun and firing haphazardly and injuring his friend.
He had not purposely aimed the gun at the victim, Mr Cadogan said. "He has lost a good friend ... he has accepted it is his own fault ... It shows how stupid and pointless this whole episode was. The defendant was celebrating his 18th birthday and got himself drunk and, for some unknown reason, got the gun and started firing."
Judge Fred McElrea sentenced McLellan to four months' community detention, imposed a daily curfew of 8pm to 6am, ordered him to carry out 150 hours' community work with eight months' supervision, including having to take alcohol and drug counselling, as well as pay $1250 reparation to the victim.
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