A man has gone on trial accused accused of a tavern burglary in which more than $42,000 was stolen from a safe and has never been found.
Hayden Robert Stevens, 32, denies the charge of burglary.
The Crown alleged at the start of the Christchurch District Court jury trial that he was the person who entered the office and took the money from the safe.
Crown prosecutor Catherine Butchard said Stevens was a painter at Churchill's Club Tavern on Colombo Street during renovations from February to March 2010, and knew his way around the hotel.
On July 4, 2010, two men, Stevens and a co-offender, watched the duty manager lock up and leave.
She said the Crown believed Stevens scaled a fence, climbed on the next door roof, and went through a fire escape door. He then climbed through a duct to a manhole in the roof of the office and dropped down into it.
He cut the wires to the security camera, damaged the keypad on the safe, took the money, and damaged the lock on the door.
More than $42,000 was taken and has not been recovered, and two men have earlier pleaded guilty to the burglary.
After the earthquakes in Christchurch, the tavern was demolished.
Defence counsel Richard Maze asked the jury to listen carefully to what the Crown alleged Stevens did, and not to what the other people involved had done.
The man who was the bar manager at the time, Gaston Rudolph, had lost his job because of the mistakes he made in closing up that night, he told the court.
He had turned the lights off in the office, which meant the security camera could not take pictures, and the safe was not closed properly.
Maze said in cross-examination that Rudolph had "provided valuable assistance to the burglars".
The trial is expected to take three days.
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