A Hamilton man has admitted recklessly discharging a firearm after shooting his neighbour while believed to be shooting at targets in his backyard.
Donghao Fu made a brief appearance in the Hamilton District Court today where he admitted the charge.
However, his lawyer Scott McKenna asked Judge Tini Clark to hold off entering a conviction as Fu might apply for a discharge without conviction when he is next back in court for sentencing in February.
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The stray .22 bullet was believed to have flown through the wall of his house, ricocheted off a handrail and hit him in the shoulder.
McKenna said a restorative justice conference would now try to be sorted between his client and the victim, who he now has a non-association order with.
Fu, who was lawfully in possession of the firearm, was remanded on further bail until February 26.