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Lucy Lawless to be sentenced today

Thursday 7 Feb 2013 5:57 a.m.

Lucy Lawless aboard the Noble Discoverer in February last year (Photo: Greenpeace)

Lucy Lawless aboard the Noble Discoverer in February last year (Photo: Greenpeace)

Nearly a year after their demonstration took place aboard an oil exploration ship at Port Taranaki, actor Lucy Lawless and seven fellow Greenpeace protesters will learn their sentence.

The group spent 77 hours up a 53m-high tower they scaled aboard the Noble Discoverer at the port in February last year. The action protested against Shell's exploration for oil in the Arctic.

Lawless, along with Raoni Hammer, Mike Buchanan, Shayne Comino, Viv Hadlow, Shai Naides, Zach Penman and Ilai Amir, will be sentenced in New Plymouth District Court today.

In June last year the eight each admitted a charge of being unlawfully on a ship. But sentencing has been delayed because more information was needed after police requested $700,000 in reparation from the activists.

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.

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