Refusal to co-operate delays sentencing

Last updated 11:47 04/07/2014

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A Wairarapa man who could be get an open-ended jail term is refusing to co-operate with the preparation of reports needed before he can be sentenced.

Allan Ivo Greer, 52, was to have been sentenced in the High Court at Wellington today on charges including rape, supplying drugs and aggravated burglary.

The Crown has asked that Greer be sentenced to preventive detention, an indefinite jail term available for serious or repeated crimes of sex or violence where reoffending is likely.

But before preventive detention could be imposed a court has to have two reports from psychological and psychiatric health assessors.

A report from a probation officer is also standard.

When Greer, who represents himself, appeared in court today Justice Alan MacKenzie said Greer had refused to "engage" with the report writers.

One of the health assessors had written a report based on information already held about Greer but the other and the probation officer both said they were unable to prepare their reports.

The judge said he was not expressing any view about whether preventive detention was the appropriate sentence but he would not go ahead without that option.

He said the report writers should try to interview Greer but if he still refused to speak to them the reports should be prepared on the available material.

Greer did not speak during this morning's hearing and was remanded in custody until late September.

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- The Dominion Post

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