I have earlier reported the shooting of Melinda Zygarlicki, noting with amazement the fact that she thought she had been struck by a tennis ball, and continued riding home. This is a crime with a quicker than usual denouement — I read in the paper just a day or two ago of the sentencing of one of the characters who carved up one bloke with a sword after a fight over a girl in July 2002 and chased two others, instilling such fear into them that they jumped into the Yarra and drowned — no doubt because Andrew Pernell turned himself into police and then pleaded guilty to firearms offences. ABC Online reported:
“A man who accidentally shot a cyclist in Melbourne earlier this year has been fined and ordered to do community work.
Thirty-one-year-old Melinda Zygarlicki was riding her bike on a bridge over the Merri Creek in March when she was shot. The bullet narrowly missed her heart.
The Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court heard 32-year-old Northcote man Andrew Pernell handed himself into police, saying he had been sitting on his back doorstep cleaning his rifle and had accidentally fired it when he stood up.
He pleaded guilty to reckless conduct endangering life and firearms offences.
Magistrate Marc Sergeant fined Pernell $6,000 and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community work.
Outside court, Pernell admitted his actions were reckless.
‘I should’ve been a lot more careful,’ he said.
He says he no longer handles firearms.”