When police confronted a 17-year-old Palmerston North youth who had a tinfoil package of cannabis, he tried to swallow the packaging and the drug.
Jordan Myers, unemployed, pleaded guilty in Palmerston North District Court yesterday to theft, possessing cannabis, possessing an offensive weapon, wilful damage and a count of failing to answer district court bail.
Prosecutor Mike Toon said the offending took place on three separate occasions.
On April 5 about 8.30am, police went to Myers' home in Palmerston North to "sort out" an arrest warrant.
"The defendant [Myers] went to a nearby bedroom and refused police entry," Mr Toon said.
"Police entered the bedroom and noted the defendant placing a tinfoil package containing cannabis under a bed.
"The defendant then uplifted the tinfoil package containing cannabis and placed it in his mouth in an attempt to swallow the contents."
Police restrained Myers and made him spit out the package.
On January 5, about 3.30pm, Myers went to a Pak'n Save supermarket and stole a mountainbike worth about $400. It was never recovered.
He failed to appear in court on February 3 to answer the charge against him.
The case involving the offensive weapon happened on March 7 about 6.15pm when two people arrived at Myers' home wanting to see his mother.
"On being informed that the defendant's mother was not home the victim [one of the two that arrived at the house] asked if she could use the toilet.
"An argument began between the victim and the defendant and the defendant picked up a metal baseball bat and swung it at the direction of the female's head."
Mr Toon said Myers did not hit the woman but instead whacked the wall nearby three times.
As the pair left the property and walked towards their car, Myers threw the bat at them and picked up a bike and heaved it on to the car as it was driven off.
Judge Gregory Ross told Myers he was young and foolish.
"You use and abuse drugs. If you don't want to change, then I'll see you before Christmas. I'm giving you the chance to change."
Myers was sentenced to 50 hours' community work, nine months' supervision and ordered to undergo an alcohol and drug assessment.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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