30 Jun 2011

Career criminal back in jail after breaching parole

1:51 pm on 30 June 2011

A career criminal from Hawke's Bay with more than 100 convictions is back in jail after being charged with breaching parole conditions a month after being released.

In 1993, John Gillies used a screwdriver to stab Gisborne constable Nigel Hendrikse repeatedly in the neck, chest and thigh, leaving him permanently disabled.

He was jailed for 12 years for attempted murder.

In 2005, Gillies received a seven-year sentence for assaulting two officers and being found in the possession of Class A drugs.

The Parole Board approved his release from prison in April, 12 months before his sentence officially ends.

Gillies appeared in the Napier District Court on Wednesday on two charges of breaching his release conditions and has been remanded in custody for two weeks.

The Parole Board says a crime does not have to be proven for it to send a paroled person back to jail.

A spokesperson board, Sonja de Friez, says Community Probation Services laid the charges and requested that Gillies be returned to jail.

Ms de Friez says the board will meet in July to consider all the evidence presented to the court and decide what risk Gillies poses to the community and whether he should continue his sentence.