Boy racer's bid for bail opposed

CHARGED: Jessie Ormandy
CHARGED: Jessie Ormandy

A bid for release on bail has been delayed for a driver arrested for an alleged high-profile boy-racer incident in Christchurch's Deans Ave at the weekend.

Police initially would have allowed bail for 21-year-old Jessie Charles Ormandy, of Northcote, but Probation opposed his release at an appearance before Judge Alistair Garland in the Christchurch District Court yesterday. Police then changed their position.

The court was told that Ormandy was already on remand on bail on a separate charge.

Ormandy stood aside his duty lawyer and tried to proceed with a bail application himself, but Judge Garland warned him that if he was refused bail he would not be able to make another application later.

The case was stood down for more discussions and then finally dealt with just before 6pm when duty lawyer Colin Eason said there was no longer an application for bail and asked that the case be remanded to Thursday.

Police made three arrests after the incident involving a high-speed chase ended with a police car allegedly being rammed in Deans Ave early on Sunday morning. One of those arrested is being dealt with in the Youth Court.

In the district court, Ormandy has entered no pleas to charges of driving while forbidden, reckless driving on Deans Ave, failing to stop for a police car using its lights and siren, and unlawfully taking a $9000 car.

Harley David Parker, 24, also appeared in the district court but his hearing was delayed so the police could check a second suggested address for his release on bail. A Leeston address had initially been proposed but the police would not approve it.

Parker is charged with getting into the car allegedly taken by Ormandy, having a knife in his possession in Deans Ave, unlawfully having a prescription medicine, stealing medication, and stealing a $65 pouch of tobacco from a convenience store. No pleas were entered.

Judge Garland granted bail for a remand to January 27 for a legal application to be processed, with conditions that he live at a Kaiapoi address, abide by a 9pm to 6am curfew, not consume alcohol, and not contact the alleged co-offenders or the car owner.

The Press