Teen fugitive admits charges

ANNE CLARKSON
Last updated 14:03 21/11/2012

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A teenager who went bush after absconding from the Salisbury Foundation has admitted three charges.

Eighteen-year-old Jaydon Galland will stay in custody after pleading guilty at Christchurch District Court today.

He will have to wait until January for sentencing by the judge who was already monitoring his progress.

He admitted a charge of breaching intensive supervision when he absconded from Salisbury Foundation with two other men, theft of a knife from the foundation, and breach of his curfew.   

Defence counsel Rupert Glover said Galland was a resident of the Salisbury Foundation from September 24 after he was sentenced on charges of unlawfully taking a car, careless driving, six charges of wilful damage, two of threatening behaviour, four of speaking threateningly, assaulting a police officer, theft, disorderly behaviour, possession of cannabis, and possession of drugs utensils.

On November 7 the three men allegedly fled the address and were found on November 13 at Arthur's Pass.

Galland told police he picked the knife up from the foundation as he left, for camping and hunting purposes.

The probation officer said there was an application to cancel Galland's previous sentence, and probation opposed Galland's release on bail for the breach of address and curfew restrictions.

Judge Gary MacAskill said Galland was already under judicial monitoring by Judge Christopher Somerville, and needed to appear before him to apply for bail and for sentencing.

He remanded him in custody to January 24 for sentencing, and said the application for bail could be made when Judge Somerville was available.

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