Notorious criminal in court again
Convicted, but paroled, killer Dean Wickliffe is back in court after allegedly breaching his parole conditions.
Wickliffe, 69, has spent 41 years of his life behind bars as a result of more than 50-or-so convictions in his lifetime including manslaughter, aggravated robbery, escaping, kidnapping, driving with excess breath alcohol and possessing methamphetamine for supply.
Between 1987 and 2011 he has been freed and recalled to prison five times.
His most recent release was granted in May last year and he is now living in the Bay of Plenty.
Wickliffe made a brief appearance via AVL at Tauranga District Court on Thursday. He faces one charge of breaching his bail conditions by consuming alcohol.
Judge Thomas Ingram remanded Wickliffe in custody without plea until his next appearance on April 11.
Wickliffe was also ordered to abide by several special conditions expected to last five years.
He was also banned from drinking alcohol and taking illegal drugs or taking psychoactive substances
Wickliffe gained infamy in 1972 when he was charged in relation to the death of Wellington jeweller Paul Miet during an armed robbery.
He earned further infamy after being the only person to successfully escape from Paremoremo prison - twice.
Wickliffe was originally charged with murder but the Court of Appeal ruled the charge should be downgraded to manslaughter.
He was released on parole in May 2017, around the same time he completed writing an autobiography of his life.