21 Dec 2009

No charge over slashing of church billboard

4:30 pm on 21 December 2009

A woman who used a knife to slash a controversial billboard outside an Auckland Anglican church will not be charged.

The hoarding outside St Matthew in the City showed Mary and Joseph in bed with a caption reading "Poor Joseph, God was a hard act to follow". It was described by some as offensive.

The church took it down permanently on Saturday after three acts of vandalism.

On Friday night the police arrested a woman the church's vicar has called a Christian fanatic for using a knife to slash it.

The police say the woman will not face prosecution because the church has decided it does not want to press charges.