Teen 'scared of jail'

Last updated 05:00 18/06/2014

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A teen fearing jail escaped police custody, the Timaru District Court has heard.

Shaydon Mark Speir, 18, of Timaru, appeared in court yesterday before Judge Jane Farish. He is facing charges including wilful damage (three counts), assault, breaching a protection order, contravening a protection order (two counts) and escaping custody.

Speir breached a protection order on May 9 when he visited a Timaru address.

Police prosecutor Greg Sutherland explained how Speir had pushed his way into the house to ask a resident about her relationship with another man.

On May 27 the defendant made a phone call to the woman, threatening to kill her if she left.

Speir told police he could not remember making the call.

On June 6 he was arrested on a warrant in relation to a series of charges. He was placed in custody at the Timaru District Court in preparation for a court appearance, but he escaped through a side door.

Sutherland said Speir was found six days later, hiding under a bed at a Timaru address.

"He said he ran away because he was scared of going to jail."

He was remanded in custody to June 24 for sentencing and a pre-sentence report. Judge Farish declined his request for bail due to his earlier efforts to evade police.

"You're a high risk of offending again and a high risk of not attending."

She said he had effectively written his own sentence. She said he was likely to get a custodial sentence because he had continued to breach non-custodial sentences.

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- The Timaru Herald

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