Anti-Semitic grave vandal sentenced

SENTENCED: Robert Moulden in the dock at the Auckland District Court this afternoon for sentencing over the desecration of Jewish head stones last year. He stood facing the wall during the hearing.
SENTENCED: Robert Moulden in the dock at the Auckland District Court this afternoon for sentencing over the desecration of Jewish head stones last year. He stood facing the wall during the hearing.

A man who admitted desecrating Jewish graves with crude slogans at an Auckland cemetery has been fined and sentenced to 320 hours community work.

Robert Moulden, 19, appeared at the Auckland District Court today where he was also ordered to pay $3,000 reparation and to undergo nine months' supervision.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of wilful damage in November.

Moulden's co-accused maintains his innocence and will fight the charge.

More than a dozen headstones in the Jewish quarter of the Symonds St Cemetery were vandalised with images of swastikas and expletive-ridden anti-Semitic messages on October 19, 2012.

Police withdrew a charge against a third man accused of being involved in the attack.

The cemetery, Auckland's first, has long been a target for vandals and also attracts people sleeping rough.

However, Auckland Council has spent more than $12,000 on trying to fix the vandalism.

The damage is estimated to have cost $27,420.

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