Would-be Molotov cocktails not fit for purpose

Six Molotov cocktails with which a man was found the day he assaulted two members of his family, were not capable of being used as such, an ESR scientist reported to Gisborne District Court.

The would-be explosives contained engine oil, which has a high fire point, so could not have ignited unless thrown into a fire with a temperature already above 164 degrees Celsius.

Accordingly, Robert John Foster, 47, was relieved of a charge of being unlawfully in possession of them.

Foster who was previously found mentally unfit to plead, was the subject of a hearing to decide whether on the balance of probabilities, evidence proved the charges against him.

Judge Haamiora Raumati said the charge involving the Molotov cocktails could be compared to a drugs matter in which the substance first thought to be an illicit one, such as methamphetamine, was found to be a mundane one, such as salt.

The charge could also be compared to one where a firearm was later found to be non-functioning.

But on two remaining charges of assaulting family members, the judge found there was enough evidence to sustain them.

On those charges, Foster will be finally dealt with at another hearing on July 23.

He was further remanded on bail.

Six Molotov cocktails with which a man was found the day he assaulted two members of his family, were not capable of being used as such, an ESR scientist reported to Gisborne District Court.

The would-be explosives contained engine oil, which has a high fire point, so could not have ignited unless thrown into a fire with a temperature already above 164 degrees Celsius.

Accordingly, Robert John Foster, 47, was relieved of a charge of being unlawfully in possession of them.

Foster who was previously found mentally unfit to plead, was the subject of a hearing to decide whether on the balance of probabilities, evidence proved the charges against him.

Judge Haamiora Raumati said the charge involving the Molotov cocktails could be compared to a drugs matter in which the substance first thought to be an illicit one, such as methamphetamine, was found to be a mundane one, such as salt.

The charge could also be compared to one where a firearm was later found to be non-functioning.

But on two remaining charges of assaulting family members, the judge found there was enough evidence to sustain them.

On those charges, Foster will be finally dealt with at another hearing on July 23.

He was further remanded on bail.

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