25 Sep 2008

Three found liable for P-lab damage

10:01 am on 25 September 2008

A judge in the Napier District Court has found that three people who manufactured methamphetamine in a house owned by Housing New Zealand, are liable for damage to the property.

Housing New Zealand was seeking $185,000 from six people who were convicted in June 2005 for charges ranging from manufacturing and selling "P", to suppying pre-cursor substances.

Lawyer Nick Flanagan told the court that chemical residues from the manufacture stained walls and ceilings so badly they could not be removed by cleaning.

Housing New Zealand spent almost $58,000 having the house decontaminated and cleaned before having to demolish it.

Judge Geoff Rea reserved his decision on the liability of three other defendants.