Hunt for man who cut monitoring bracelet

  • 18/08/2015
Hunt for man who cut monitoring bracelet

By 3 News online staff

Corrections and police are looking for another offender who has cut off his electronic tracking bracelet while serving a home detention sentence.

The man was sentenced to six weeks' home detention for demanding to steal and has previous convictions for family violence and drink driving.

Corrections says a tamper alert was triggered at the time of the removal of the bracelet and security staff responded within agreed time frames.

Once the man is found, Corrections says he may face charges.

The removal of tracking bracelets has been in the headlines lately with the escape of child sex offender Daniel Livingstone. Former security guards told TV3's Story how easy it was to remove them.

Tony Robertson, convicted of raping and killing Auckland woman Blessie Gotingco, also had a GPS monitoring bracelet on at the time of her death.

Corrections says of the 3000 to 4000 offenders on electronic monitoring prior to February 2015, the majority were on radio frequency monitoring, which provides an alert in the event the person has left a designated area.

Around 150, or less than 5 percent, were on GPS monitoring.

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