Topic: Crime

43-year-old woman charged for vandalism of graves at Papakura cemetery

  • Auckland
Papakura Cemetery - Photo / file

Counties Manukau Police have arrested and charged a 43-year-old woman for the vandalism and damage of numerous graves at the Papakura Cemetery on Saturday 16 May.

Papakura Police Inspector, Mark Rowbottom says, “We had a team working full time on this case for weeks, and it’s a great relief for them and for the families affected to have someone facing charges before the courts.

The circumstances of the damage to the graves was devastating to so many families and we are pleased to have made this arrest for them."

He says, "Police received a lot of support from numerous witnesses which was instrumental in making the arrest.  Additionally, the focus which the case received in the media was hugely beneficial.”