Patrick John McGreevy
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From the Press Saturday 21st June 2008
A sex offender was on the run in Christchurch last night after slipping off his electronic monitoring bracelet and running away from his minder. Police have been searching for Patrick John McGreevy, 37, since he absconded on Wednesday.It is the second time McGreevy has broken the conditions of his release from prison, having breached bail six weeks ago while the courts considered a Corrections Department application for an extended supervision order. Such orders are usually issued against sex offenders considered to be at a high risk of reoffending. McGreevy was quickly apprehended after he first slipped away.
Subsequently the courts imposed the order, with conditions including McGreevy not associate with anyone under 16, that he be subject to electronic monitoring, and that he have a minder during certain times.There are currently 126 offenders nationwide on extended supervision. Just 10, including McGreevy, are subject to electronic monitoring. A warrant has been issued for McGreevy's arrest. Corrections said security plans for McGreevy had been reviewed after his breach of bail. "Physical security at the house had also been tightened," Nick Scott, Community Probation and Psychological Services (CPPS) Christchurch area manager, said.
"CPPS has also worked closely with the police and they are doing weekly visits at the house. CPPS has increased its oversight of him, and he now reports to CPPS once a week and there is a weekly home visit." It is understood that McGreevy had a job, and was escorted by a minder at his workplace. "The offender has a special condition to complete a reintegrative programme which happens to include 24-hour support and supervision," Scott said. "He is subject to electronic monitoring from 3pm to 9am weekdays and all weekend."
From the Press (Christchurch) 17th November 2001
A hapless robber who confessed to his crimes has been jailed for 27 months. Patrick John McGreevy, 31, a serving prisoner, was sentenced in the Christchurch District Court after admitting charges of demanding money with menaces, and aggravated robbery -- offences dating back to 1998. Then, McGreevy entered an Auckland bank and gave a note to the teller, saying he had a firearm under his jacket. The teller activated a security window, and McGreevy fled empty handed.He then entered a nearby fast food outlet and handed over a note demanding money, but the assistant said he could not read English. He then asked for money, running out with $300.
Three years later, in June, he confessed to the police. McGreevy's lawyer, Liz Bulger, said the police were unlikely to have solved the crime but for the confession, which her client had made to clear his conscience. Judge David Holderness said the fact a note had been produced showed some forethought, and that McGreevy had committed similar offences before. McGreevy was sentenced to 27 months prison on the robbery charge, and 15 months for demanding with menaces, to be served concurrently. Reparation of $300 was also ordered.
From the Press (Christchurch) 4th November 2008
A child-sex offender is back in custody today after breaking his release conditions while being electronically monitored for the second time. A Southern Police Communications spokesman said Patrick McGreevy, 38, was arrested overnight in Timaru. He was to appear in Timaru District Court this morning charged with breaching his supervision order.
McGreevy, who has a history of psychiatric illness, had been living at a Christchurch address approved by the Department of Corrections probation service. He left the address early yesterday and a warrant for his arrest was issued. Community Probation and Psychological Services acting southern regional manager Nick Scott said McGreevy was subject to the most restrictive conditions and monitoring regime available under an extended supervision order (ESO) a special court order aimed at overseeing sex offenders after their release from jail.McGreevy can be sentenced to up to two years imprisonment if found guilty of breaching an ESO.
In March, he was jailed for four months for breaching parole. He later breached bail conditions imposed while the Corrections Department applied for an ESO. In June, after the order was imposed, McGreevy slipped off the bracelet he had been ordered to wear and left Christchurch. He eventually handed himself in to police in Greymouth four days later.
In September, McGreevy, who has a history of psychiatric illness, was jailed for six months for that breach of the order. He has recently been released back into the community, having been in custody since his June arrest. McGreevy's jail sentence suspended the conditions of the ESO, and on October 15 the Parole Board considered an application for a new order. The board imposed seven conditions. These include that McGreevy not move from his approved address without prior written approval from his parole officer and be placed under a strict curfew and electronic monitoring.
"There are clearly defined risk factors pointed to, although it is noted that McGreevy denies his risk is in relation to further sexual offending," the board's decision said. "The fact that he has recently demonstrated his impulsivity and difficulty in coping with supervision by absconding, points to a young man who has proved that there are dynamic risk factors which need to be closely monitored." The Press has been unable to discover details of his offending.
Corrections Department figures show that from October 1, 2007, to March 31, 2008, 122 people were subject to ESOs. Of those, 22 (18 per cent) had had formal breach action taken against them.
Date of Birth
1970 (D.O.B. is approximate)
Sentenced to 2 years 3 months in November 2001
Other sentences not known at this stage
Released May 2008 and under an Extended Supervision period of 10 years
Sentenced to 6 months (first breach of conditions) in September 2008
Subsequently released under supervision
Sentenced to 6 months (second breach of conditions) in May 2011
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Associated Media Links High-risk offender admits cutting off bracelet
Patrick John McGreevy Appeal Notes
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