Pistol lands 'career criminal' in jail

A "career criminal" was sentenced to 17 months jail for possessing a .22 pistol earlier this year after changing his plea in the New Plymouth District Court yesterday.

Erron James Byles, 33, made a series of appearances in the dock handcuffed and surrounded by police during the day. He has already served four months in custody.

Byles had denied the charge. However, after he became aware someone had filmed him with the pistol, he admitted his guilt.

"He is a career criminal," Judge Allan Roberts said, referring to Byles' long list of convictions.

Byles also admitted while on bail to threatening police and another charge of unlawfully being in an enclosed yard. A payment of $2000 was to be made by his partner's father by today or Byles would be brought back to court for re-sentencing, the judge said.

Taranaki Daily News