Dylan Lee Hawkins was congratulated by a judge for remaining at a tough residential drug programme.
"I didn't think you had a hope in Hades," Judge Allan Roberts said in praising Hawkins, who was up for sentencing in the New Plymouth District Court yesterday. He admitted dealing methamphetamine and 'fantasy' on April 27, 2012.
Taking into account the time Hawkins had been in custody and his time at Odyssey House the judge ordered his return to Odyssey where he was not to leave without the approval of a probation officer.
He would also have special conditions to continue for six months after that date.
Hawkins, who had family support in the public gallery, told the judge he had reached the highest level at the rehab centre and expected to soon start work as a scaffolder on the new Auckland tunnel.
"Good luck Mr Hawkins. I must say well done. You are nothing like the fellow who stood before me when you were first arrested."
- Taranaki Daily News
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