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New Zealand burglar turns himself in after bumping into ‘hanging corpse’

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:39 EDT
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New Zealand police on patrol in Auckland, on September 21, 2007. (AFP)
 
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A terrified New Zealand burglar handed himself in after breaking into a darkened house and bumping into a hanging corpse, waking neighbours with his blood-curdling screams, police said Thursday.

The would-be thief was arrested when he called police in the early hours of Wednesday to report his gruesome encounter in the North Island town of Hamilton, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Inspector Greg Nicholls said it was the most unusual case he had encountered in his 28-year police career, and he believed it would prompt the burglar to mend his ways.

“I’m hopeful that this might be a career-changing moment for that burglar,” he told the newspaper.

“I dare say for the burglar, if we remove the criminality of what he was doing, it would be really shocking. Can you imagine what that would be like in the dark?”

Nicholls said the death of the man found hanging in the house would be investigated by a coroner.

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