Carving folly ends in jail

A judge has described an attack on a Maori carving at the Waikato Institute of Technology campus in Hamilton last August as "disturbing in the extreme" as the carving was without question a Maori symbol with great significance.

Mark McRae, 23, Troy Cullinane, 18, Karl Emslie, 23, and Adrian Owens, 32, all of Hamilton, pleaded guilty in the Hamilton District Court to wilful damage and behaving in a disorderly manner likely to cause violence.

All four were ordered to pay $2500 in reparation towards the $10,000 to $15,000 repair costs.

Owens was sentenced to six months' jail because of his age and previous convictions. McRae and Emslie got 250 hours of community work, and Cullinane 200 hours.

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