Lower Hutt escapee given jail term

Last updated 11:02 08/02/2013
Matthew George Kidman
IN COURT: Matthew George Kidman.

Relevant offers

Hutt Valley

Roy Mataki claims self defence when siblings knifed, one dead, in Upper Hutt Balloons fly as Wainuiomata toddler Ataahua Journey Harris-Timoti gets final send-off Pomare sub-division not the dream that residents hoped for Kat the Upper Hutt dog walker who loves her job Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard supports boy racer caught clocking up 210kmh in highway race Police hunt for armed Featherston man Califf Anthony Dickson in Wellington region Alleged bail absconder Mathew Kidman beamed in for court appearance Fire in Upper Hutt hills burns through two hectares of bush Relief on the way after Hutt Valley's near-record temperatures Wellington region sizzles as summer temperatures top 30 degrees Celsius

The man who kicked his way out of an interview room at the Lower Hutt court before waiting for a court staff member to use a security card to leave the building has been jailed for five months.

Matthew Kidman had pleaded guilty to escaping by kicking out glass in an interview room on August 2 last year.

He waited in a secure area until a staff member unwittingly swiped him out and grabbed a taxi to Naenae.

His escape sparked a manhunt in Lower Hutt before he was stopped in a car in central Wellington later that night.

He had two previous convictions for escaping in 2001 and 2004 although Kidman told the court he thought one was more of an attempt.

Wellington District Court judge Mike Behrens QC said Kidman was only out a brief time but his previous convictions had to be taken into account.

Kidman has been in custody since escaping - about six months - and Crown lawyer Jodie Ongley said he had effectively served his time already.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers
Opinion poll

How many coffees do you have a day?

5 or even more

3-4

2

1

Anything from 1-5.

Don't touch the stuff.

Vote Result

Related story: Coffee as we know it at risk of dying

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content