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Police Arrest Man Over Typo In Bail Conditions

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Police Arrest Man Over Typo In Bail Conditions

Wellington, April 24 NZPA - A typing error by a court clerk led to police grabbing a man off the street and locking him in a cell for several days.

Dylan O'Brien, 17, was picked up by police earlier this week for breaching his bail curfew and kept in custody, until appearing in the Wellington District Court today.

O'Brien's problem lay in a single letter of the law -- the mistyping of "PM" as "AM".

He was prohibited from being out between 7pm and 7am, though his bail form, which he had signed, read his curfew started at 7am.

O'Brien was bailed to a Wellington address, facing charges relating to unlawfully taking a motor vehicle and unlicensed driving.

Today, when the 17-year-old came before the court to have the error corrected, Judge Bruce Davidson made sure the young man was clear on when he was to be home and when he was allowed to be out. The judge also advised courts staff to take extra care when filling out the corrected form.

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