25 May 2009

Priest alarmed over police action at funeral

12:18 pm on 25 May 2009

A Christchurch priest says he is alarmed that police attended a funeral to try to apprehend a man they were seeking.

Father John Rizzo assisted at the funeral of Tala Seleni, whose body was found in a Philipstown house earlier this month, along with that of Melissa Nina Adcock.

No one else is wanted in relation to the deaths.

But Father Rizzo says he was told by the funeral home that police were seeking a relative of Mr Seleni on other matters, and would apprehend him if they found him at the ceremony.

He says the relative did not attend, and while the police presence was discreet, he believes they should have been prepared to wait until after the ceremony.

The police say they are preparing a statement on the matter.