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Man shot partner with sawn-off .22 rifle


A MAN shot his partner in the elbow with a sawn-off .22 rifle after she complained he had woken her up, a court has heard.

The 22-year-old Craigmore man, whose name is suppressed, appeared in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court today charged with aggravated counts of endangering life and possessing a firearm without a licence, failing to answer a police officer and failing to keep a prescribed firearm secure.

In opposing bail, police prosecutor Joanna Davis said the couple had been arguing about the accused waking up his partner by slamming doors.

“She heard what she thought was a party popper going off and felt a pain in her right elbow,” she said. She said the victim had not realised she had been shot and the accused had taken his partner to his mother’s house before she was taken to hospital. “He said something to her about a bullet,” she said.

She said the victim told an emergency department nurse at the Lyell McEwin Hospital it was a “f. ked-up situation and that (she) had been shot with a .22 bullet”. The victim was transferred to the Royal Adelaide Hospital and required surgery for her wound. Police found a sawn-off .22 bolt action rifle and bullet casing in the boot of a car.

Stacey Carter, for the man, said her client had not left his partner’s side after the incident.

“He waited with her while she was treated for her injury,” she said. “This is the most unusual case to say the least ... this was not as it appears.” She said the pair denied there was a domestic violence issue, which police had reported. Ms Carter also denied the man had links with an outlaw motorcycle gang.

Magistrate David McLeod refused the man release on bail because of the severity of the charges. He will return to court next month.

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