Topic: Thank God he's not an oboist or a bassoonist

More charges have been laid against a Christchurch Symphony musician who
has already indicated he will defend a charge of possession of 17 lots
of explosives.

Bernard David Shapiro, 35, has elected trial on a charge that on March
29, at Christchurch, he had five military flares, two anti-personnel
mines, eight sticks of Powergel, and two cans of black powder "except
for some lawful, proper and sufficient purpose".

Two more charges listed at court today allege Shapiro was unlawfully in
possession of two military style semi-automatic firearms, and that he
was unlawfully in possession of a restricted weapon, an M203 grenade

Shapiro was not at the Christchurch District Court today when the
charges were brought before Judge Raymond Kean, but his lawyer Jonathan
Eaton was present.

All three charges have now been remanded to a pre-depositions conference
on August 2, with Shapiro on bail.

From the moderator:
He plays horn.