Residence detention sentence for prisoner who escaped and spent 10 weeks on the run

Te Ariki Poulgrain was still wearing handcuffs when he escaped.

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Te Ariki Poulgrain was nonetheless sporting handcuffs when he escaped.

Prisoner Te Ariki Poulgrain, who spent 10 weeks on the run, has been sentenced to dwelling detention after he escaped a jail van forward of a medical appointment.

Decide Keith de Ridder sentenced him to dwelling detention to present him an opportunity to “break the cycle”.

The 24-year-old, who was serving time at Auckland’s most safety jail, kicked the door of the jail van and knocked again an officer when he managed to flee, with handcuffs nonetheless on.

He was being taken to a medical appointment on the time when Corrections workers went to unlock the door again in June 2021.

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Poulgrain, who has hyperlinks to the Killer Beez gang, was sentenced to 11 months dwelling detention after admitting assaulting an officer, escaping custody and being in possession of a shotgun and explosives.

The incident sparked an enormous manhunt. Officers scoured CCTV to piece collectively his actions, looking the town and deploying the police Eagle helicopter.

His GPS tracker was discovered discarded close by.


Prisoner Te Ariki Poulgrain escaped custody in June 2021. (First revealed July 2021)

On the Auckland District Courtroom on Thursday, Decide Kevin de Ridder mentioned Poulgrain had been in jail comparatively continuous since 2015.

Poulgrain has not taken his ADHD treatment persistently which had a contribution to his offending as did his chaotic upbringing, the courtroom heard

Decide de Ridder mentioned there could be a big flip round if he took his ADHD treatment and tackled his drug dependancy.

The choose hoped a sentence of dwelling detention would “break the cycle”.

Poulgrain was additionally sentenced on Thursday for an assault on a jail officer again in August 2020.

Defence lawyer Maddison Dempsey submitted there was a hyperlink between Poulgrain’s background and his offending.

Te Ariki Poulgrain spent 10 weeks evading police.

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Te Ariki Poulgrain spent 10 weeks evading police.

Poulgrain has spent a lot of his grownup life in jail and would really like the “yet one more probability” to vary and be a productive member of society, Dempsey submitted.

He’s motivated to vary and has a daughter of his personal, the courtroom head.

Prosecutor Charlie Wilkinson mentioned Poulgrain had just lately breached his electronically-monitored bail, inside two weeks of getting bail.

Whereas she was not against dwelling detention, Wilkinson submitted it might set him as much as fail.

Poulgrain had been serving time within the most safety unit at Paremoremo following housebreaking convictions and his half in a bunch assault on infamous profession felony and double-murderer Graeme Burton.

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