For those who were concerned, it has not been ascertained whether or not the hedgehog was alive when the man hurled it at the 15-year-old, but the police report says that the hedgehog was dead when they arrived on the scene. Poor hedgehog.
The man was fined 700 New Zealand dollars for assault (500 went to the victim). Our favorite line from the article:
A more serious charge of assault with a weapon - the hedgehog - was dropped. It carried a maximum penalty of five years in prison.