Monday, April 20, 2015

Christ Church Cathedral burglary charges dropped

From New Zealand-

Two men charged with burgling the quake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral have avoided prosecution after apologising and giving money to the Anglican diocese.

The burglary charges were dropped by the police when the case was called in the Christchurch District Court on Monday. The prosecutor told Judge Stephen O'Driscoll there was no public interest in the men being prosecuted.

The men, Phillip Mark Pavich, 55, and Gilbert Southworth, 46, both from Waikato, did not attend the unexpected hearing. Their attendance was excused.

They had been arrested in March after motion-activated cameras inside the cathedral captured images of them entering the building at 3.30am on March 21. The men had climbed the perimeter fence and walked through the main doors before having a good look around.

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