Jail term for drug man who went on the run

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 08:14 08/08/2012

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A Hawera man who made headlines as one of Taranaki's most wanted has been jailed.

Joel Jonathan Broughton, 33, was arrested in a wardrobe in Hawera on July 31 after two months on the run.

Yesterday in New Plymouth District Court, Corrections officer Bev Thorne asked Judge Max Courtney to cancel Broughton's outstanding 249 hours of community work and replace them with a prison sentence.

He had been given the 250-hour community-based sentence and a year's intensive supervision after admitting supplying cannabis and possessing ecstasy, in return for promising Judge Allan Roberts he would attend rehabilitation programmes and not reoffend.

In sentencing, Judge Courtney told Broughton "clearly you have chosen not to take that opportunity," and replaced the earlier sentence with two months' jail.

Broughton has pleaded not guilty to indictable charges following an alleged car-jacking in New Plymouth in May and is expected to go to trial later this year.

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