Monday, April 07, 2008

I'm Moving To New Zealand

New Zealand man charged with assault for hurling hedgehog

WELLINGTON (AFP) — Hurling a hedgehog at a teenager has landed a New Zealand man a date in court, a report said.

William Singalargh picked up the animal and threw it about five metres (15 feet) at a 15-year-old in the eastern North Island town of Whakatane in February, the Herald on Sunday reported.

"It hit the victim in the leg, causing a large, red welt and several puncture marks," said Senior Sergeant Bruce Jenkins, of the Whakatane police.

"He was arrested shortly afterwards for assault with a weapon, namely the hedgehog."

Police did not say why the alleged assault took place, and were unsure if the hedgehog was alive before the incident.

But they confirmed the hedgehog was dead afterwards and had been collected as evidence.

Singalargh was due to appear in court on April 17 to face the assault charge.