'Little red-headed white boy' back in jail

Last updated 07:51 08/05/2013

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A young red-headed burglar who once complained about getting a hard time in prison because of his age and physical appearance will have an unpleasant next few months.

That's because Jordan Terrance Marsh, 18, will again be behind bars.

In the Palmerston North District Court yesterday, he was jailed for 11 months on four charges of burglary and one each of theft and breaching a sentence of supervision.

On top of that, he had already been jailed by a Tauranga court for breaching home detention and unlawfully entering motor vehicles and faces a total of two years inside.

Last year Judge Barbara Morris imposed home detention on one of the burglary charges and gave Marsh a chance to prove he could live without committing crime. On that occasion a tearful Marsh told the court he was having a rough ride in prison.

"Just yesterday a Nomad gang member spat in my face because I ate my breakfast and didn't give it to him.

"Prison has been really hard for me being a little red-headed white boy."

And a woman who had been burgled wished him all the best: "I'd like to see you succeed."

However, Judge Morris said Marsh had cut off his home detention bracelet and let everyone down.

He committed burglaries in Palmerston North in October and November, while the other charges arose from the Tauranga area in the middle of last year.

"It's all extremely disappointing that you've not taken the opportunity to turn your life around," the judge told Marsh.

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- Manawatu Standard

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