Hamilton teen denies gun charges

00:48, Feb 18 2014
 Shawn Michael Hawkins
THE ACCUSED: Shawn Michael Hawkins, centre, outside the Hamilton District Court.

A Hamilton teen accused of shooting a man in the back and another in the buttocks outside a Hamilton Pizza Hut has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Shawn Michael Hawkins, 18, made a brief appearance in the Hamilton District Court yesterday morning, supported by a couple, believed to be his parents.

Hawkins, who lives on Grey St near the Claudeland's Pizza Hut, faces two charges of careless use of a firearm causing death or injury, one charge of injuring with intent and one charge of possessing cannabis.

He entered a guilty plea to the drug charge but pleaded not guilty to the remaining three charges, and elected to be tried by a jury.

Hawkins is alleged to have shot the two men with an air rifle outside the Pizza Hut on December 24, 2013, and December 25, 2013.

In the first incident, a 31-year-old Hamilton man was shot once in the lower back outside the restaurant about 7pm, police said.

A day later, a man was shot in the buttocks as he was talking to a friend outside the same restaurant about 7.45pm.

Hawkins was further remanded on bail by Judge Rosemary Riddell to reappear at a sentence indication hearing on April 16.

His bail conditions state he must not possess or use firearms, including an air rifle.