Pistol lands 'career criminal' in jail

LYN HUMPHREYS
Last updated 05:00 07/12/2012

Relevant offers

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.

Ad Feedback

- Taranaki Daily News

Special offers
Opinion poll

Do you have faith in police solving burglaries?

Yes - there's no faulting their commitment.

Mostly, but they are under-resourced.

Sort of - depends on when and where.

Not really - clearly a low priority for them.

Absolutely not.

Not sure - luckily I've never been burgled.

Vote Result

Related story: Burglaries figures down but fewer being solved

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

Follow the Taranaki Daily News on Twitter

Get Taranaki's frequent news and sport updates

TDN North Taranaki Midweek

The North Taranaki Midweek's online

Get your mid week news fix

TDN South Taranaki Star

South Taranaki Star online

Get your South Taranaki news online