Second anti-Semitic attack exposed in Auckland

KELSEY FLETCHER
Last updated 12:56 22/10/2012
Karangahape Rd Cemetery
PHIL DOYLE/Fairfax NZ

OUTRAGE: Socialists Aotearoa spokesman Joe Carolan speaks against the racial desecration of Jewish graves at the Karangahape Rd Cemetery.

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Nathan Symington is remanded on bail after appearing in the Auckland District Court for charges related to the desecration of Jewish gravestones.

The 23-year-old is accused of intentionally damaging multiple gravestones at the Karangahape Rd cemetery by painting swastikas and Nazi insignia on them.

He is due to return to court tomorrow when a 19-year-old will also appear on similar charges.

HOME ATTACKED

Police are investigating whether the vandalism at the Karangahape Rd cemetery is linked to a similar act in Grey Lynn.

Vvandalism at Steve Saussey’s house was discovered on the same morning as the cemetery damage was found.

The house was being renovated in preparation for Saussey to move in, and with the final paint job over, buckets of paint were dotted across the floor waiting to be removed.

Saussey arrived at the house on Friday to find vandals had used the remainder paint to draw swastikas and "Heil Hitler" markings all over the walls.

"They had kicked in quite a lot of the walls and slashed them with a knife they left behind," Saussey said.

"They also pushed a chair through a wall."

He believed the vandals got into the house by levering open a window.

Saussey doesn't know why his home was targeted, but is suspicious the symbols are similar to those painted on the Jewish headstones at the cemetery nearby.

"They could just be copying it or they could be the same people," he said.

None of Saussey's neighbours' homes were targeted and he is not Jewish.

Police had been contacted and would be looking at whether this incident was linked to the desecration of the cemetery, Saussey said.  

No one had been charged in relation to the damage, he said.

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