A man who threatened to exhume a 90-year-old man's body has
been referred for psychiatric assessment after an incident at
a Christchurch cemetery.
Christchurch police removed the 25-year-old man from Ruru
Lawn Cemetery in Bromley this morning after he had contacted
grieving relatives last night saying he could "raise the
He allegedly told the family he wanted to bring heavy
machinery to dig up the casket.
He was taken into custody when he arrived at the cemetery
about 11.45am and has now been referred to psychiatric
emergency services for assessment. The grave was not
"Police were contacted overnight after the man was reported
to have threatened to exhume the body of a 90-year old man,"
a police statement said. "He had previously intruded on the
funeral for the deceased man on Wednesday."
The man turned up uninvited at the Christchurch funeral for
90-year-old Harold Ritchie on Wednesday, banged on the coffin
and told the deceased to "wake up".
He had called the family through last night and asked to meet
them at Mr Ritchie's grave at 11am today.