Offender doesn't see need to change

JIMMY ELLINGHAM
Last updated 12:00 21/12/2012

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An unemployed Manawatu man with 225 previous convictions doesn't see any need to change his ways.

"I'm not sure what planet you're living on," Judge Grant Fraser told Darryl Brent Hullen, 45, of Waitarere Beach.

"Your contemptuous disregard for sanctions has caught up with you again.

"Sadly, I'm clearly of the view that this doesn't mark the end of the revolving door for you."

In the Palmerston North District Court yesterday, Hullen was jailed for a year on five charges of breaching release conditions, two of dangerous driving, and one each of theft, shoplifting and failing to stop for police.

A police summary says that on November 2, Hullen stole deodorant and underwear from Farmers and was so keen to get away from The Plaza car park that he drove onto a footpath to avoid the barrier arms.

"He then continued to drive along the footpath where a member of the public was pushing a pram with her two young children in it."

Earlier in the day he had gone to Foxton's Mobil service station, filled $80 worth of petrol and drove away without paying.

Four days later police saw Hullen on Waitarere Beach Rd. They signalled for him to pull over, but he didn't stop.

He reached speeds of 145 kilometres an hour through Waitarere Beach before the chase was abandoned.

Hullen also breached release conditions from a previous sentence by moving house, failing to report to probation and not turning up to counselling.

Defence lawyer Mark Alderdice said Hullen had not taken his medication.

"He's hopeful that there's some light at the end of the tunnel," Mr Alderdice said.

Judge Fraser doubted that and said he wouldn't be surprised if Hullen doubled or trebled his list of convictions.

Hullen explained his driving by saying he was "showing off" and "silly stuff - not that bad".

He told probation he didn't need to change.

Judge Fraser was unimpressed.

"The community needs to be protected from people like you who demonstrate no responsibility whatsoever," the judge said.

Hullen's list of convictions includes drug, burglary and fraud offending.

He was also disqualified from driving for 15 months.

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- The Manawatu Standard

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