Jail for breach of release rules
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.