Return of a difficult customer

Court House-Sept-2013-08Homeless, erratic, and an opportunist thief, Wade Clinton Jeffs has continued his reputation as a difficult customer.

The 36-year-old was jailed a year ago for stealing a bag containing $10,000 of musical instruments from the Army Band as it was about to play at the Anzac Day service.

He had snatched the bag as he cycled through Hagley Park. He would not co-operate with a lawyer, probation, or psychologist and ended up serving his whole sentence in custody on remand.

When he was due for release he told the judge he would be okay because he had $13 in the bank.

He was back in the Christchurch District Court today, dismissing his assigned defence lawyer and trying Judge Tony Couch’s patience with the confusion that followed.

Finally, Jeffs managed to plead guilty to charges of trespass and threatening behaviour at Hagley Community College.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Paul Scott told the court Jeffs had gone to the college at 6pm on August 6, when a function was being held to farewell Japanese students and their host families.

He started rummaging through the students’ bags at the rear of the room.

When a staff member asked him to stop that, and leave, he wouldn’t go.

Confronted with other staff members, he took off his jacket and shirt and stood up to them topless. “What are you going to do, make me go?” he asked.

A male staff member then took him out of the room and restrained him until the police arrived.

Jeffs is homeless. He told the court today he lives in a tent near the nunnery in Hoon Hay.

He’s already paying off his fines at $35 a week, which is taken from his benefit.

Judge Couch fined him $200 and warned him: “The time’s going to come very soon when a judge is going to see one too many of these and you will be going back to prison.”

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