A 23-year-old Christchurch man has been sentenced to six months' jail after he went on a crime spree in Kaikoura last month.
Sonny Clarke appeared in the Blenheim District Court on Monday facing 19 charges, including assault with a blunt instrument, burglary and injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
For more than 30 minutes before he was called, loud banging noises reverberated throughout the courtroom, forcing the judge and lawyers to raise their voices.
Judge Ian Mill said Clarke would have to be taken back to the Blenheim police station until he was called if the noise continued.
His lawyer, Rennie Gould, said Clarke had been upset because he was not allowed to use the toilet.
He was calm when he finally appeared and admitted 11 charges, including theft, receiving, assault and dangerous driving.
He denied charges of assaulting someone with a blunt instrument, threatening to kill and injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Judge Mill sentenced him to six months' jail and disqualified him from driving for six months on seven charges. On four charges, including breaching his bail, he was sentenced to another two months' jail, to be served concurrently.
He is to reappear on the remaining charges on November 11.
- The Marlborough Express