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A burglar who discovered a dead body hanging in a Hamilton house is unlikely to face charges for the break-in.

The 26-year-old man made the grisly discovery early yesterday morning while attempting to burgle the vacant house in the suburb of Fairfield.

Hamilton Police city tactical coordinator Senior Sergeant Freda Grace said the burglar, who called police himself to raise the alarm, had been arrested but not charged.

Mrs Grace said the man was released after helping police with their inquiries.

The incident unfolded in the early hours of yesterday morning when the burglar stumbled across the dead body hanging in the dark.

His screams alerted neighbours who also phoned police. It's understood they thought the screaming was a domestic dispute.

Mrs Grace said the victim had died hours before the burglary but if not for the break-in he may not have been found for days.

She said the death of the man, whose age is unknown, was not being treated as suspicious and had been referred to the coroner.

 The burglar was known to police and Mrs Grace hoped the "weird" circumstances would alter his behaviour.

"Hopefully there will be a positive out of it and that he will decide it's not the thing to do. I would be taking that as pretty bad karma."

Mrs Grace said the whole situation was incredibly sad".

"It's sad for the guy who felt so bad that that's what happened to him. Really the whole set of circumstances are just horrid."

She did not know if the dead man's next of kin had been notified.

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 The burglar was known to police and Mrs Grace hoped the "weird" circumstances would alter his behaviour.
 
"Hopefully there will be a positive out of it and that he will decide it's not the thing to do. I would be taking that as pretty bad karma."\
 
If that don't scare him straight nothing will. 

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Interesting quandry, on the one hand he broke in to rob the place, the other, he reported the body......

I got nothing

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Interesting quandry, on the one hand he broke in to rob the place, the other, he reported the body......

I got nothing

What you've never fumbled around in the dark and had the dead rise up against you?

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What you've never fumbled around in the dark and had the dead rise up against you?

Actually I once had to break in to a neighbour's house,

in order to do this I asked a couple of neighbours to witness this, as they were concerned that an elderly man living a few doors down from me hasn't been seen for a few days.

Should they have called the police, most likely yes, but I was asked and I said yes as long as there are witnesses that I was doing it out of concern and nothing else, I did find his corpse, and called for an ambulance, while my neighnbour called the police. Difference here was I did not, nor did I have any intention of, robbing the place, (and partly for the karma, that one day in my day of need, the favour would be returned)

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Finding a dead boy...............damn that would put me off burgling for life :woot: :laugh:

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Even the burglars have a hard time these days. :/

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