Boy racer's bail bid refused

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 16:42 09/01/2014
Jessie Charles Ormandy
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Police and probation both opposed release on bail for a 21-year-old charged over a high-profile boy racer incident in which a police car was allegedly rammed in Deans Avenue early on Sunday.

Jessie Charles Ormandy, of Northcote, had been trying to get bail on Monday and again today at the Christchurch District Court but it was finally refused by Judge Alistair Garland.

Ormandy was remanded in custody for an appearance by video-link from the prison on January 23.

The police prosecutor made a verbal bid to block Ormandy's bail bid on Monday, but a formal written opposition was filed for today's appearance.

Judge Garland said that, unusually, the Department of Corrections had also filed a written opposition.

These reports told the court that Ormandy had been arrested for offending allegedly committed while he was on bail on a charge of assault with intent to injure. They alleged breaches of the curfew and no-alcohol conditions of his bail.

Defence counsel Tom Stevens said Ormandy had earlier been bailed on the assault charge to an address that was not really suitable because the occupants were quite heavy drinkers. He had been told to leave there, and had phoned the police to tell them. A different address was now available.

But Judge Garland said the defence application should focus on the issue of alleged offending while on bail.

He refused bail and remanded Ormandy in custody to January 23 for all the charges to be heard together.

Ormandy is charged with driving while forbidden, reckless driving in Deans Avenue, failing to stop for the police, and unlawfully taking a $9000 vehicle.

Stevens indicated the unlawful taking charge would be defended. Ormandy also faces the earlier assault charge.

Police allege the vehicle was spotted travelling at speed on Bealey Avenue about 12.30am. A patrol car followed the vehicle down Deans Avenue until it accelerated away. At the Riccarton Road roundabout the police say the car overcorrected and rammed the police vehicle.

Three people were arrested at the scene. One has already been remanded on bail, and another is being dealt with in the Youth Court.

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