Apology sees charges of burgling Chch cathedral dropped

Two men charged with burgling the quake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral last month have avoided prosecution.

Philip Pavich, 55, and Gilbert Southworth, 46, apologised for their actions and gave money to the Anglican diocese.

On March 21, motion-activated cameras detected their entry into  the building.

Police arrested the pair after they were caught leaving the cathedral carrying a lectern.

The two men, from the Waikato, had been in Christchurch on a golf trip.

The public prosecutor told the Christchurch District Court there was no public interest in the men being prosecuted.

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