Wagga bail jumper Jordan Widders given another shot at freedom

BAIL jumper Jordan Widders has been given another chance to keep his freedom after admitting to four offences.

The 18-year-old Ashmont man pleaded guilty in Wagga Local Court on Monday to stealing softdrinks from a motel, entering enclosed lands (the motel) and two allegations of receiving stolen property – a Mercedes Benz car key and an iPhone.

Widders made headlines last week when he defied May 25 court bail conditions by not reporting to Tamworth police and not staying out of Wagga unless for court appearances.

He was spotted by police in Wagga on June 13 and arrested after a foot chase.

Widders’ solicitor, Ben Tonkin, told visiting magistrate Brian Van Zuylen his client returned to Wagga because he had been kicked out of his sister’s Tamworth home.

He said the offenses were serious, but would not necessarily result in a custodial penalty.

He said bail conditions could be imposed, such as a night-time curfew, daily reporting to police and a surety

Police prosecutor, Sergeant Priscilla Jones, opposed bail, saying police had concerns about more offending and Widders not fronting court again.

In granting Widders bail, Mr Van Zuylen said there was a real prospect Widders could avoid a jail sentence.

Widders must live with his father in Ashmont, not leave the house between 8pm and 7am, report to police daily and not go within 100 metres of the motel he stole from.

The magistrate ordered a pre-sentence report and adjourned the case to July 31 for sentencing.