Wishful bail application denied

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 12:52 08/01/2014

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A year of offending and staying well away from the Court House when he was supposed to appear on bail has led to what must be the holiday season's most ill-starred bail application.

The 28-year-old even interrupted the judge's decision from the dock in the Christchurch District Court to add some more explanations and excuses when he realised things were going badly. It was all in vain.

Judge Alistair Garland refused bail and remanded him in custody on two fresh charges, for an appearance by video-link from the prison on January 20, and then sentencing on seven other charges he has admitted on February 7.

Police opposed bail, detailing four times over the last year when the man had failed to appear at court while on bail, and his continued offending.

He has been charged with assault, failing to appear on bail, failing to stop for the police, dangerous driving, driving while forbidden, and possession of methamphetamine last year and has pleaded guilty.

He has now been arrested again and charged with possession of cannabis and wilful damage of a police car.

Prosecutor Sergeant Paul Scott told Judge Garland that the man had sometimes resorted to "extreme measures" to avoid court appearances.

This included dangerous driving and failing to stop, and it was also alleged he had run off across the top of a police patrol car.

That attempted getaway had been unsuccessful, and had damaged the vehicle, he said.

Since December he had not been living at the bail address required nor abiding by his curfew, and police regarded him as having no fixed abode during that time. The man said he now had a New Brighton address available.

Probation told the judge that the man had failed to appear for a sentencing in November, nor for an interview for a pre-sentence report.

He was eventually arrested and appeared in court on December 2, when he was granted bail, warned by the judge, and given a letter to attend the probation office for the interview on December 5.

"We haven't seen him since," said the probation officer in court.

Judge Garland ruled that because of the likelihood of more offending and the unlikelihood of the man turning up at court again, he would stay in custody for his ongoing court appearances.

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