Samoan boy, 8 shoots dead cousin, 5

2012-10-29 12:05

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Wellington - A 5-year-old New Zealand boy was shot dead by his 8-year-old cousin in Samoa as they tussled over a rifle during a hunting trip, it was reported on Monday.

The Samoa Observer said the boy was visiting Samoa for a religious festival when his uncle took him and his cousin on a pigeon shooting expedition in a remote coastal area of the South Pacific nation.

It said the uncle left the loaded rifle under a tree while searching for a stick to carry coconuts and the boys fought over the weapon, resulting in the five year old being shot in the face.

"My brother turned away for less than a minute then the next minute he heard a gunshot," the dead boy's father Pita Leausa told the newspaper. "The children were fighting over the gun when it happened."

Fairfax New Zealand identified the dead boy as James May.

TVNZ said the surviving boy would not be charged over the death but police were questioning the uncle and considering prosecution for unspecified offences.

Read more on:    new zealand

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.