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Man was shot by accident: Crown 0

TRACY MCLAUGHLIN, SPECIAL TO THE EXAMINER

An Alliston man who accidentally shot his best friend in the abdomen at point-blank range with a handgun was released on bail Monday.

Cody Edward Rose, 20, stood in the prisoner's box in handcuffs and appeared relieved when the court released him to his father with $5,000 bail. He is charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm, pointing a handgun, and careless storage of a firearm.

"This seems to be an unintentional but careless and reckless use of a firearm," said Crown attorney Lorne McConnery, who did not oppose his release.

Court heard Rose and his best friend, Chris Redmayne, 20, had spent the night drinking and doing "soft drugs," -- a term usually used for marijuana -- at Rose's home on the 3rd Line of Essa, north of Alliston. The two drank through the night and got to playing around with the guns, which were legally owned by both Rose and his father.

One of the guns was a Glock 45 handgun.

"Both of them admitted they were playing with the firearm," said the Crown.

He said Rose, who has no criminal record, was holding the Glock when, suddenly, the gun went off, striking Redmayne in the abdomen and causing significant injuries. He was rushed by ambulance to Alliston hospital and then taken to Sunnybrook hospital in Toronto for surgery. He is now in critical, but stable condition.

Rose's father, Edward Rose, stood in the witness stand and promised the court that he will ensure that his son abides by the bail conditions.

"This is a really bad situation," said the father. "These guys are best buddies."

He said he owns several firearms that are properly licensed, and his son is licensed to own four firearms -- which are now in the hands of police.

Rose was released with a 10 p.m. curfew and an order to have no contact with the victim. He was warned that any contact with the victim would cause his bail to be revoked and he would end up in jail.

Rose will be back in court in Bradford Jan. 20.


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