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Dad offered diversion for shooting son

BELINDA FEEK
Last updated 11:34 20/06/2014

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A Hamilton man who accidentally shot his son while hunting for deer has been offered diversion after appearing in court.

Bruce Alexander Falconer, 57, was supported by family while making a brief appearance in the Hamilton District Court this morning on a charge of careless use of a firearm causing injury to his son, Scott, in the Raukumara Forest Park, southeast of Opotiki, on March 31.

After earlier discussions with police and the fact he had no previous convictions, Falconer was offered diversion and ordered to come back to court in September unless directed otherwise.

Scott Falconer has since made a full recovery.

Falconer spent six hours by the side of his 22-year-old son after the deer hunting incident in the rugged hills of the forest park.

Scott Falconer was shot in the abdomen by his father about 10am.

Falconer senior stayed with his son, carrying out first aid, while his other son ran in search for someone with a personal locator beacon.

He eventually found a family friend, activating the alarm about 1.30pm.

He was airlifted to Rotorua Hospital by the Taupo-based Greenlea Rescue Helicopter in a critical condition before undergoing surgery.

Pilot Pete Masters told the Waikato Times at the time, that Falconer had been ''traumatised'' by the incident.

The group were rescued by flying a paramedic 3km into the hills on a ''sling line'' where they waited at the bottom of a rugged bush-clad gully.

All three were hauled out on the line because landing or hovering was impossible.

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