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Written by PapersPast, National Library of New Zealand   
Sunday, 01 February 2009

Evening Post, 16 April 1910, Page 9.

ONE BOY~INJURED

[By. Telegraph — SPECIAL TO THE POST.]
AUCKLAND, This Day.

Arthur Hansen, aged 20, was shot and seriously wounded by his father, H. J. Hansen, at Ngunguru, near Whangarei, about 7.30 yesterday morning.

It is alleged that tho father has for some time past been treating his wife and family badly, and the eldest son, the victim of yesterday morning's shooting incident, arrived from Ngaruawahia, where ho has a farm, on Thursday, to take his mother and brothers away to hit farm. On arrival at his old home, Arthur Honsen found that his father was away. He took his mother and youngest brother to a relative's place to remain till he could get them away altogether, and returned home to wait for his father.

The father came back in the evening, and had some warm words with his son regarding family matters. During the evening the father got so enraged that Arthur and his two brothers, aged respectively 17 and 14, retired to a bedroom, and, barricading it after hiding their father's gun, they took turns at watching through the night, as they feared their father would set fire to the house.

...the wounded man reached the beach just below tho house, and was taken on board a scow by some sailors.

Early yesterday morning Hansen, senr.went to a Maori and asked him for the loan of a gun to shoot some fowls that were scratching in his garden. He got the gun and a good supply of cartridges, and returned to the house. Finding the room in which tho young men were locked, he broke the door down and fired at Arthur, who, having seen the door go, was bolting towards the window. The shot took no effect, and the young man tried to make his escape through tho door. The father again fired, this time the pellets (number 6 shot] lodging in the victim's groin, legs, and hand. Assisted by his brother the wounded man reached the beach just below tho house, and was taken on board a scow by some sailors.

In the confusion of the moment tho father apparently did not notice his son's escape, for when two men went into the house, he was walking round with the gun in his hands, looking for his victim. He then went on board his launch, keeping the men off with his gun, and went across the bay. He came back about midday, and quietly waited for the police, who had been sent for by one of the younger sons. On their arrival Hansen offered no resistance.

Artbur Hansen was taken up the river to Kiripaka by the launch, and thence to Whangarei Hospital by coach. His injuries are of a serious nature, but it is hoped that they will not prove fatal.

Hansen, who is of Scandinavian descent, and about 50 years of age, owns a store at Ngunguru, and takes an interest in church, temperance, and school matters.

Hansen senr. wağ brought into Whangarei by Sergeant Moore last night, and will appear at the Police Court this morning, when a remand will be applied for. It is understood that Hansen left a letter for his wife last night, saying that he would never be happy unless she came back to him, and asking her forgiveness for tho way in which he had treated her. Hansen, who is of Scandinavian descent, and about 50 years of age, owns a store at Ngunguru, and takes an interest in church, temperance, and school matters. The family consists of five sons.

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