Jail for breach of re­lease rules

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Judge Jan Kelly be­lieved send­ing An­drew Al­lan­son back to prison would teach him a les­son about of­fend­ing, even if pre­vi­ous im­pris­on­ment had not.

Al­lan­son ap­peared in Porirua Dis­trict Court last Tues­day and pleaded guilty to sev­eral charges re­lat­ing to a breach of re­lease con­di­tions.

Al­lan­son had been re­leased from prison, but broke the con­di­tions of his bail af­ter he failed to re­port to author­i­ties and moved to a new ad­dress with­out the ap­proval of his pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer.

His history in­cluded sev­eral other breaches, the most re­cent on March 4.

De­fence lawyer So­nia This­toll re­quested com­mu­nity work be­cause Al­lan­son did not have an ad­dress for cus­tody.

How­ever, the judge said she had ‘‘no faith’’ the man would com­ply with a com­mu­nity-based sen­tence.

The pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer agreed, and rec­om­mended a prison sen­tence.

The judge said the man would need to work with pro­ba­tion to sort out his hous­ing is­sues.

She granted Al­lan­son with a two-week re­duc­tion ow­ing to his guilty pleas, sen­tenc­ing him to two months’ im­pris­on­ment – a month per charge.

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