Lawless sentencing postponed until February

  • 21/11/2012

Actor Lucy Lawless and seven other Greenpeace protesters will now be sentenced in February next year for boarding an oil exploration ship at Port Taranaki.

The activists have 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.

They were protesting Shell's planned exploration for oil in the Arctic.

The eight were due to be sentenced in New Plymouth District Court this week, but it was put off until February because Greenpeace said Shell had not yet provided the required information for its reparation claim of about $700,00.

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

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.

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