A man regarded by the police as a high-risk offender has admitted cutting off his electronic monitoring bracelet while serving a 10-year extended supervision order.
Patrick John McGreevy, 45, (pictured) pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching the order in the Christchurch District Court on Friday.
He was then sentenced to 12 months’ prison, but has probably already served that time while waiting to have the charges dealt with.
Judge Jane Farish said McGreevy cut off the bracelet in September when he was frustrated by probation not putting him through any rehabilitation programmes. The extended supervision order is due to expire in 2019.
He went walkabout, Judge Farish said, then texted his carer to pick him up, but the police arrived first.
All the conditions of the ESO, and where he will be living, have been suppressed.
McGreevy has convictions for sexual offending against a child, abduction, and dishonesty, and is regarded by police as a high-risk offender.
He has a history of breaching supervision orders and has cut off monitoring bracelets in the past.