Man in court with Kiwi boy's manslaughter

MICHAEL FIELD
Last updated 18:18 29/01/2013

Related Links

Kiwi boy, 6, shot and killed in Fiji

Relevant offers

World

First baby pygmy hippopotamus born at Melbourne Zoo in 33 years Anthrax accidently sent to US labs by military MH370: Australia's search for missing plane under scrutiny World's largest Hindu temple to begin construction after Nepal quake delay Gina Rinehart loses control of AU$5 billion family trust Attempted carjacking broadcast live on radio After gumbo and beer, customer leaves a $2,000 tip 139 new species found in Greater Mekong in 2014 NZ to open embassy in Iraq Evidence of the first known murder - 430,000 years ago

The man who owns the rifle involved in the shooting death of a 6-year-old New Zealand boy in Fiji has appeared in in court on manslaughter and firearms charges.

Mohammad Rizwan Khan, a 34-year-old pilot appeared before the Lautoka Magistrates Court after 6-year-old Mohammed Khubeb Khan and a 14-year-old cousin Mohammed Nabil Khan were hit by a bullet as they were playing.

The 6-year-old boy was pronounced dead on arrival at Lautoka Hospital, while Nabil has undergone surgery and was in a serious condition.

The incident occurred on Saturday when the boys were in a vehicle where the gun was, The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation reported. Khan had a gun license which allowed him to shoot wild pigs and goats.

He has been remanded in custody to appear in again in court on Thursday.

Fiji police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said in a statement they were questioning the 14-year-old along with his parents.

The Fiji Times  reported the boy's family had arrived in Fiji three weeks ago to help build a home in the Sabeto Highlands in the west of Viti Levu.

A relative, Mohammed Nasir Khan, told the newspaper the family had just completed the home on Saturday.

"All our relatives had been invited for the opening of the new home," he said.

"Sadly we are no longer rejoicing but mourning the death of young Khubeb.

"Khubeb is the only boy in his family and he will be sadly missed by all of us. The family now reside in Auckland but always visited the country on many occasions."

The Fiji Times said the family were cleaning up around the house when they heard the gunshot.

They rushed to the scene and found the two boys on the ground with bullet wounds

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content