Fugitive's fling ends in prison

Last updated 05:00 30/05/2014

Relevant offers


Money taken in aggravated robbery in Ngaruawahia Man stabbed during attack by trio Stolen car recovered as police hunt for Christchurch robbery suspects Teenager lays police complaint after alleged sexual assault at Major Lazer concert Millionaire philanthropist Sir Owen Glenn says he was 'vilified' for domestic violence inquiry The Roigard murder trial ends second week at the High Court at New Plymouth Killer couches. Killer stairs. Killer cots Families in limbo as coronial staff struggle with backlog and break down under pressure The perpetrators: 'They are us' | Behind Closed Doors Son's synthetic drug use devastates mother

Months of being on the run has come to an end for one South Taranaki offender.

In the New Plymouth District Court yesterday, Matthew Joao Edwards, 22, was jailed for 5 years, bringing to an end a crime spree that had him pegged as one of Taranaki's most wanted.

On May 20, Edwards was arrested in Otorohanga on an outstanding warrant after he failed to appear in court. Before his arrest, he evaded police for several months and was linked to a number of rural burglaries committed in and around South Taranaki.

During yesterday's appearance, Edwards pleaded guilty to a raft of charges.

The offending, some of which dates back to November last year, includes a serious assault, a number of rural burglaries where cars, motorbikes, tools and farming equipment were taken.

Edwards was also caught driving while disqualified twice.

However, the lead charge of wounding with intent involved a serious assault which Edwards carried out in November with two associates at a Stratford address. One of the associates, Thomas Holland, is due to be sentenced in the New Plymouth District Court on June 11, while the other associate's identity remains unknown.

Edwards has yet to plead to two charges of burglary and is due to re-appear in the New Plymouth District Court on June 19.

Ad Feedback

- Taranaki Daily News

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content