Police drop charges in relation to unruly tourist escaping New Zealand on false passport

New Zealand Customs Services, Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, September 05, 2008. Credit:NZPA / Wayne Drought
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Police have dropped a charge against a person who helped unruly tourist James Nolan escape New Zealand on a false passport.

James Doyle is no longer charged with giving his passport to Nolan, who was wanted by the police.

Doyle was however sentenced to five months' prison in the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday, on a count of trying to leave New Zealand with his own brother's passport.

Nolan was wanted in relation to an alleged roofing scam and also faces charges of assault, reckless driving and fraud.

Customs has blamed human error for him leaving the country.