20 Apr 2011

Trio charged over teacher's shooting at campsite

3:44 pm on 20 April 2011

Three more men have been charged in connection with the death of a Wellington teacher shot dead at a camping ground in October 2010.

In February, Andrew Mears was jailed for two-and-a half years for firing the shot that killed Rosemary Ives at a Department of Conservation camping ground south of Turangi.

Mears, 25, mistakenly thought the headlamp worn by Ms Ives was the eyes of a deer and shot her through the head while she was brushing her teeth at the campsite.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter.

The department says three other men who were with Mears have been charged under the Conservation Act with breaching permits to hunt on public land after dark.

The men are due to appear in the Taupo District Court on 11 May.