High risk sex offender admits ESO breach

December 28, 2016 | By More

A high risk sex offender has admitted cutting off his electronic monitoring bracelet in Nelson and going on the run.

Darren Jolly, 51, was arrested near Pegasus, North Canterbury, on State Highway 1 about 11.35pm on Monday and appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday.

He was remanded in custody and pleaded guilty to the charge of breaching his extended supervision order when he appeared before Judge Brian Callaghan again today.

Jolly’s order under the Parole Act was imposed for 13 years when it was granted in the Hamilton District Court in April 2011.

He has more than 110 convictions for sex with underage girls, indecent sex acts, fraud, theft, assault and dangerous driving.

In the past five years, Jolly – whose 13 special release conditions ban him from computers and going near schools, parks and playgrounds – has breached the order 15 times.

In June this year, Jolly was sent back to prison after appearing in the Dunedin District Court.

Judge Michael Crosbie noted Jolly had 14 prior breaches of his release conditions, which was “absolutely appalling”.

Jolly declined legal assistance for his appearance today and said he wanted to plead guilty to the latest breach. Judge Callaghan ordered a pre-sentence report and remanded him in custody for sentencing on March 8.

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