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Grandfather kills 11-year-old grandson during hunting trip

By Mason White 5:28 PM December 16, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
What was supposed to be a fun outing between a grandfather and his grandson, ended with a tragedy.

67-year-old Brian Phillips accidentally shot and killed his 11-year-old grandson on a hunting trip.

The devastated grandfather described his pain as the worst punishment a grandparent could bear.

The boy was shot when his grandfather unloaded the firearm, according to police. Emergency services were called to the scene, but they were unable to save the boy and he was pronounced dead.

Brian Phillips of Reporoa, was arrested after he shot his grandson Connor Phillips at the Kaingaroa Forest in New Zealand.

He pleaded guilty to careless use of a firearm causing death. Brian Phillips told the Taupo District Court that his “grief is a life sentence.”

Brian Phillips was sentenced to four months community detention, which is a sentence that restricts an offender’s movements during their curfew.

“It is a heavy burden that I carry every day. This is a life sentence,” he told the court.

The boy’s parents, Justin and Olivia Phillips, did not attend the court hearing, but they sent a letter which was read by Judge Tony Snell, which said: “In our hearts, we have forgiven Brian as Connor would have wanted.

“Brian is a kind, caring grandfather, father, father-in-law and brother, who always put others first especially his pride and joy, his 10 grandchildren.”