10 Jan 2013

Hunter who shot friend to be sentenced

11:23 am on 10 January 2013

A deerstalker who shot his hunting companion will be sentenced on Thursday afternoon for causing his death.

Henry Worsp, 36, shot and killed James Dodds while the pair were hunting in Waikite Valley, 30km south of Rotorua, on 7 September last year.

Worsp told police he was convinced Mr Dodds was a deer.

He pleaded guilty at Rotorua District Court in November for being responsible for James Dodd's death by carelessly using a firearm.

He will be sentenced at 2.15pm.