Jewish grave vandalism charges dropped

SARAH HARVEY
Last updated 11:11 05/11/2012
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DEFACED: Jewish graves in Symonds St Cemetery were desecrated with swastikas and expletive-ridden messages.

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A man who vowed to fight to the "bitter end" charges of wilfully damaging Jewish graves at an Auckland cemetery has had his case dropped.  

Police announced this morning that charges against Nathan Symington had been withdrawn as there was "insufficient evidence to carry a robust prosecution".

More than a dozen headstones at the Symonds St cemetery's Jewish quarter were vandalised with images of swastikas and expletive-ridden anti-semitic messages in the attack last month. 

At a court appearance after the attack, Symington said his only connection to the crime was through a friend who took a photo of the graffiti and sent it to him, which he then shared.

"I feel like killing myself over this. My name's been shamed," he said at the time.

A police spokeswoman said officers had advised Symington they would be seeking to formally withdraw the charge of intentional damage at his next court appearance.

However, the prosecution against the other two defendants will continue.

The two men aged 19 and 20, who have name suppression, are expected to appear in court next Tuesday.  

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