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Rotorua hunter admits shooting mate

Wednesday 14 Nov 2012 3:20 p.m.

James Dodds with partner Gabrielle Molloy (Facebook)

James Dodds with partner Gabrielle Molloy (Facebook)

A Rotorua man charged with shooting dead his hunting mate in bush near Rotorua has admitted causing his death by careless use of a firearm.

Henry Robert Worsp, 37, admitted the charge in Rotorua District Court on Wednesday.

Rotorua mountain-biking identity James Dodds was killed while deer stalking in the Paeroa Ranges about 30km south of Rotorua, in September.

Mr Dodds was an accomplished mountain biker. Club-mate Dave Donaldson says he was a fun-loving, talented man.

His death was the third such hunting fatality this year.

Worsp will be sentenced in January.

NZN / 3 News

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