3 Jun 2015

Man who shot police car was high on drugs

6:59 pm on 3 June 2015

The lawyer for a man who admitted shooting a police car outside Waitakere Hospital last year hopes his client will get a shorter sentence because of his mental state.

Corrie Schuster, who is 28, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, careless use of a firearm and possession of four shotgun shells in the High Court in Auckland.

Schuster's lawyer Ron Mansfield said his client had a drug induced psychosis when he offended last year, and was high on methamphetamine.

Mr Mansfield said his client's condition had improved since he had been in custody.

"He's in prison, he's a remand inmate at present and it is likely that he will receive a sentence of imprisonment but that sentence will be shorter than it might otherwise have been because he was incredibly unwell."

Ron Mansfield said Schuster will be sentenced in August.