Vandals poured cleaning fluid on church altar

A 17-year-old has admitted his part in vandalising four Christchurch buildings, including a church.

Stefan Alexander Hirst, unemployed, pleaded guilty in Christchurch District Court today to causing intentional damage.

Judge Gary MacAskill was told that he was with five others who vandalised the Phillipstown buildings by smashing two doors and 35 windows, and throwing items around inside, and damaging glassware and silverware and throwing cleaning fluid on the altar of the Church of Good Shepherd.

Hirst told police he joined in smashing windows on September 19 "because others were doing it".

Police said they considered the case was too serious for the diversion scheme for first offenders, but Judge MacAskill urged them to reconsider their decision and remanded Hirst on bail for two weeks to see if the scheme could be used.

Diversion allows first offenders to make amends by writing letters of apology, cleaning up or paying for damage, doing voluntary work, or making donations.

Hirst was bailed to reappear on December 16.




Add a Comment

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter