A Hawera man, who is no longer Taranaki's most wanted, was happy to banter with the judge in New Plymouth District Court yesterday.
Joel Jonothan Broughton, 33, featured in a lineup of Taranaki's most wanted in the paper eight weeks ago.
But while the other five were arrested or handed themselves in, Broughton remained elusive. Hawera police finally arrested him at a house in his home town this week.
Broughton faces charges of breach of intensive supervision and community work, aggravated robbery following an alleged carjacking and driving while disqualified.
In court, Broughton's lawyer Amy Dallison told the judge Broughton intended filing for electronic bail prior to trial for an aggravated robbery in New Plymouth in May.
"You wouldn't waste your breath," Judge Allan Roberts responded.
"He's been two months on the run with his photo on the front page and he's applying for ebail?
"Did I tell you about the time I let him go to a tangi, released him from jail? He didn't come back. Long tangi," Judge Roberts said.
"Dinner's off by the way," the judge said to Broughton, referring to an earlier repartee between the two during court appearances.
"Next time, eh?" Broughton replied.
"Be a long wait," the judge said.
"Sweet-as," Broughton said.
He was remanded in custody for a week to plead on the remaining charges.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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