No charges laid over collapsed Christchurch tattoo parlour

Christchurch police have decided not to lay any criminal charges over the collapse of a building that took lives in the February 22 earthquake.

Southern Ink is one of four buildings being investigated, including the CTV building that claimed 115 lives.

The tattoo parlour was yellow-stickered following the 7.3 magnitude earthquake in September 2010. Matti McEachen was working inside when he was killed by falling masonry as he tried to flee the building.

His father, Bruce McEachen, says it's now even more difficult to move on.

"No prosecution, not even a parking ticket... nothing mate."

Harcourts Property manager Christopher Chapman was responsible for the building and his actions were central to the police investigation.

Mr McEachen thinks they made the wrong decision not to prosecute.

"I believe the manager had the legal responsibility to ensure that the tenants were removed from the building that we believe he knew was unsafe to occupy."

The outcome of the CTV building investigation is still in the hands of the crown solicitor to determine if there's a criminal case to answer.

But Mr McEachen fears the Southern Ink outcome sets a dangerous precedent.

"This is the easiest one of the four and if they are indicating they are not going to prosecute on that then they are not going to prosecute on the others."

"Almost seven years and we have had 185 people die... not one prosecution."

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