Man's time in jail completed days before sentencing

TIME SERVED: A man who was sentenced in Orange Local Court to a total of 10 months in jail for two separate matters had already spent 309 days in custody.

TIME SERVED: A man who was sentenced in Orange Local Court to a total of 10 months in jail for two separate matters had already spent 309 days in custody.

A man had spent 309 days in custody when he was sentenced to six months in jail on Tuesday.

Jaiden Hines, 21, of Betula Street was sentenced to six months in jail for contravening a suspended six-month jail sentence on Tuesday.

However, with all sentences backdated, he was eligible for immediate release.

Hines had been on the suspended sentence for possessing an Xbox on January 26 last year, suspected to have been stolen.

However, he breached the bond on April 3, 2016, and after pleading guilty, he was sentenced to four months’ jail for each of three related charges, including two charges of obtaining property by deception and a charge of riding in a stolen car.

The four-month sentences were backdated from December 16, until April 15 and related to a break and enter that occurred at a McLachlan Street house on April 3.

A woman’s handbag, tools, chainsaw, pressure cleaner and a car were stolen during the incident.

During an investigation, the car was located at the back of a house in Garema Road with Hines’ prints inside it at 1pm the day it was stolen.

Hines was also captured on CCTV using a bank card, which had been in the stolen handbag, to pay $27.50 for cigarettes and a chocolate milk in one transaction and a $2.50 cigarette lighter in another transaction at a petrol station at 1.15am that morning.   

He was initially to be sentenced in Orange District Court, however the Department of Public Prosecution withdrew more serious charges of stealing a car, downgrading it to riding in a stolen car, making him eligible to be sentenced in Orange Local Court.

Hines’ was found hiding in the roof of a house in Currong Crescent when he was arrested on June 15, 2016.

The jail sentence for breaching the suspended jail sentence started from the day of his arrest and was followed by the four-month sentences for the April 3 offences.

Hines was represented in court by solicitor Nidal Abdi, who urged for Hines to be sentenced on Tuesday due to the amount of time his client had spent in custody.

He said if another report was ordered, it would put an undue burden on the court and community corrections staff.

“In my submission the section five [which deems people eligible for jail] will not apply to the [April] matter or surpass the time he has been in custody,” Mr Abdi said.

“There’s only one thing your honour can do because it’s only six months.

“He has spent a considerable amount of time in custody without bail.”

Mr Abdi said during Hines’ custody, he also served six months’ jail for an unrelated Wellington matter.

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