Judge hopes stint in custody will change attitude

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 18:07 25/07/2014

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It was about the craziest thing one could say to a judge and it earned Norton Lindsay Adams a month in custody.

That was even before he gets his sentence for smashing up the Rangiora police station and assaulting an officer.

The 22-year-old concrete worker from the Christchurch suburb of Spreydon was to have been sentenced today for his night of mayhem after he gatecrashed a Rangiora party in January.

Trouble was, he had not co-operated with the Probation Service to get interviewed for a pre-sentence report.

Why not? Judge Raoul Neave wanted to know.

"I haven't felt the need to," Adams replied.

There was a stunned pause in court.

"I don't trust you to make contact with Probation if that's your attitude," the judge said.

He also didn't trust Adams to turn up for his sentencing, and remanded him in custody until August 27 to ensure that the pre-sentence interview and report will get done in time.

"We will see if that changes his attitude."

Adams was with a group of people who gatecrashed a 25th wedding anniversary party. Police were called and Adams was arrested walking away from the scene.

At the Rangiora police station, he tried to fight and was pepper-sprayed, without effect. He then used a chair to smash a wooden table, and used a metal bracket to smash his way out of the interview room to try to get at police.

Adams then smashed a door and spat on every surface he passed as he was brought under control and taken to a cell. 

He bashed the officer who took him into the Christchurch Central police station. The constable suffered  concussion, nausea, swelling around his spine, and headaches.

Adams admitted being unlawfully in a yard – that's the gatecrashing – threatening one constable, intentionally damaging the police station, and assaulting another constable with intent to injure him.

He was already on a sentence of intensive supervision when all that happened.

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