Makes a change, normally they are in court for buggering kids

A dodgy catholic priest has been had up for fiddling a till not fiddling kids:

A disgraced Catholic priest jailed for slotting $150,000 of parish cash into pokie machines could still work for the church once released from prison.

Father John Fitzmaurice, 57, was a trusted administrator and clergyman at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament and Addington’s Sacred Heart Parish in Christchurch for 34 years.

But while he stood in front of his diocese as a well-respected church leader, Father Fitzmaurice was quietly siphoning funds from the church. 

He wrote hundreds of cheques and paid them into his personal bank account.

The money – $149,000 over five and a half years – was used to support his spiralling gambling addiction.

Today, at Christchurch District Court he was sentenced to two years and three months behind bars after pleading guilty to eight fraud charges that Judge John Macdonald said amounted to “sustained criminal conduct”.

If only he had been bugger altar boys, then the church would have helped him cover it up and promoted him to another parish.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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