after 'utterly unacceptable' ongoing detention of teen, review launched
A District Court judge has slammed the "utterly unacceptable" management of a prison after failures that will result in a Tauranga man locked away for months for crimes he may not face an actual prison term for anyway.
Now the director of the prison has apologised, launching a review into what went wrong.
Eighteen-year-old Noah Thompson appeared before Judge Paul Geoghegan in Tauranga on Wednesday, to be sentenced after pleading guilty to three charges each of burglary and driving while suspended, and one of unlawfully entering a motor vehicle.
The offending happened two months after his 18th birthday.