SYDNEY (Reuters) - A man who twice missed while trying to shoot a friend's cow only to accidentally shoot a passer-by in the leg was fined Wednesday for what an Australian court described as a freak accident.
Rudolf Stadler, 61, agreed in April last year to shoot the troublesome cow which belonged to a friend who owns a hobby farm at Caboolture in tropical Queensland state.
Stadler lured the cow to a shed, and then took aim with his rifle. He missed. He took aim a second time, fired and missed again.
The second shot went through the back of the shed, a fence across a paddock and then through the door of a car being driven along a road behind the farm.
The bullet hit 46-year-old Carrie Tunning in the leg, the Brisbane District Court heard. Tunning, a passenger in the car, made a full recovery but Stadler was so distressed by the incident that he handed in his firearms license.
The court fined Stadler A$1,000 and banned him from obtaining another gun license for five years.
The cow was not so lucky, with Stadler eventually finding his mark.