Graveyard accused denies involvement
Mon, 22 Oct 2012 6:11p.m.
By Tom McRae
A man accused of attacking Jewish headstones in Auckland appeared in court today, but denies he had anything to do with it.
More than 20 headstones at Auckland’s oldest graveyard were vandalised with anti-Semitic slogans and swastikas last week.
Accused Nathan Symington says he didn’t do it.
“This is a smear campaign by the Auckland City Police, if this is for the Jewish shit."
Symington's Facebook page has photos of the attack, along with anti-Semitic posts and numerous photos of him using the neo-Nazi salute.
But he still denies it.
“You guys are interviewing the wrong person,” Symington tells 3 News. “I think it's disgusting that they would even say it. I'm Romanian, so Hitler f***ed up heaps of my people, and they're saying I did that shit. Hell no. It's the police that are disgusting. They need to be sorted out.”
Symington appeared in court this morning on breach of bail conditions in relation to other charges.
Over the weekend he and another man were charged with intentionally damaging gravestones. He says he disapproves of the vandalism.
“It's disgusting that it happened. Even that someone’s dead let alone Jewish, it really has nothing to do with the race. The main thing is that someone's grave was desecrated, you know, so it's just disgusting.”
The attack at the Grafton cemetery on Thursday evening sparked outrage in the Jewish community. Each of the graves is more than 125 years old.
Meanwhile, police are investigating a similar case of vandalism on the same day, this time on a Grey Lynn house. No one has been charged yet in relation to the graffiti on windows and considerable damage done to the house.
One of the slogans written on both the graves and the house was “88”, which stands for "heil Hitler", as H is the eighth letter of the alphabet.
Owner of the house Steve Saussey doesn’t understand why it is happening.
“I don't know whether extreme right-wing imagery is some sign of the times. It could be ignorant people, or it could be a trend, but its obviously not a good thing.”
The owners aren't Jewish and are stumped as to why their house was targeted.
Symington walked away today, but he and another man are due back in court tomorrow.
Portions of this video have been blurred after the accused was granted image suppression
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3/11/2012 11:12:17 p.m.
I don't think Nathan could do such a thing , I hanged out a bit with him and he's a gentle and calm person! But I did meet a certain ROB ... never met such a dickhead! full on far right shit .. even told me he thought that what Hitler did was good .. I just said Rob cause' I'm pretty sure he's part of this shit .. Hope he gets what he deserves, that guy made me sick !
3/11/2012 11:09:33 p.m.
I don't think Nathan could do such a thing ! But I did meet a
23/10/2012 12:42:27 p.m.
Lets see the other 2 names.
23/10/2012 12:48:12 a.m.
Leave the Jewis Gravestone alone you morons' before they come out to haunt you night after the night until you end up on the graveyard yourselves.
23/10/2012 12:05:33 a.m.
i know nate thats not like him at all he has alot of respect for the dead and as for the facebook pics they were not serious just him mucking around
22/10/2012 10:49:10 p.m.
Good to see facisim is still attracting the same
self pitying morons as it always has.
22/10/2012 10:37:47 p.m.
If you compare the figures 88 in the house and on the graves they are different. One lot start drawing the figure 8 from the bottom, work up and round while the others start at the top, go down and back up.
My theory is that someone wanted to deface the house and make it look like the same people did them both.
22/10/2012 10:22:43 p.m.
I think the police should just release Facebook photos, see how sweet and gentle this Nathan guy really is baza. This guys going to look like a hater, whenever someone types his name into Google eg an employer for a very long time, it going to be all news story's about this event. Serves him right !!.
22/10/2012 9:57:33 p.m.
once a idiot always an idiot,thats what he looked and acted like on the news
22/10/2012 9:39:35 p.m.
Mike Hugues wrote:
Nathan Symington came across as a total dickhead on TV. He def looks the sort to me. And did you see those loser ferals behind him throwing their dumb gang signs. Lovely people haha. Total losers. The future of NZ right there!
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