The youth charged in connection with teenagers allegedly
being ''branded'' using a heated cigarette lighter was warned
yesterday he risked being remanded in custody if he breached
his bail conditions.
Daniel Trevor Nelson (17), unemployed, of Clyde, failed to
appear in the Alexandra District Court on Wednesday to face
two charges of injuring people with reckless disregard for
the safety of others. He was arrested later that day and held
in custody overnight, appearing in court yesterday before
Judge Stephen O'Driscoll. Justine Baird was duty solicitor
and said Nelson got the date of his court appearance wrong.
''He was picked up at home so it wasn't a matter of him
trying to abscond.''
Prosecutor Sergeant Ian Collin said police had serious
concerns whether Nelson would abide by his bail conditions
because of the ''attitude'' he had displayed.
When the defendant was interviewed by police about the
offences, he ''made it clear'' he would not abide by his bail
conditions, Sgt Collin said.
''When he was returned home by police, he screwed up the
police bail bond and threw it in the gutter.''
Then Nelson failed to appear in court on Wednesday. The bail
conditions would be closely monitored by police, he said.
Miss Baird said Nelson had work lined up, starting within the
''The best thing for this defendant is when he is working,''
Nelson was remanded without plea to appear on January 16,
with bail conditions including a curfew from 7pm to 4.30am so
he could travel to work at 5am, that he have no contact with
any of the complainants, and not consume alcohol or drugs.
Judge O'Driscoll said if he breached bail conditions or there
was any suggestion of reoffending , he risked being remanded