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Lawless sentencing adjourned again

Tuesday 20 Nov 2012 4:09 p.m.

The activists in June each admitted a charge of being unlawfully on a ship

The activists in June each admitted a charge of being unlawfully on a ship

Sentencing has been adjourned again for actress Lucy Lawless over her role in a four-day occupation of an oil exploration ship.

Lawless and seven other Greenpeace activists were due to appear in New Plymouth District Court on Thursday.

The activists in June each admitted a charge of being unlawfully on a ship after they spent 77 hours on a 53m-high tower they scaled aboard the Noble Discoverer at Port Taranaki in February.

The action was aimed at protesting Shell's planned exploration for oil in the Arctic.

The sentencing date has been adjourned for a second time because Shell hasn't yet provided the required information for its reparation claim of about $700,000 from the activists, says Greenpeace.

The group was originally due to be sentenced on September 14.

A new sentencing date is yet to be confirmed, says Greenpeace.

The protesters were initially charged with burglary, but pleaded guilty when the lesser charge was laid.

No conviction was entered when they pleaded guilty, giving the sentencing judge the option of discharging the eight without conviction when they appear in court.

Lawless, best-known for her roles in the television series Xena: Warrior Princess and Spartacus, says the protest prompted thousands of people to support the campaign to stop the drilling.

Lawless, who is appearing in court under her married name, Lucy Tapert, will be sentenced along with Raoni Hammer, Mike Buchanan, Shayne Comino, Viv Hadlow, Shai Naides, Zach Penman and Ilai Amir.

NZN

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