D-day for repeat offender

A REPEAT offender is expected to be sentenced today after pleading guilty to a string of offences including breaching an intervention order, breaking into a caravan and smashing a car windscreen with a bicycle.

The man, who cannot be named, faced Mildura Magistrates’ Court yesterday following his arrest in August. 

The court heard that in April the man pried open the window of a caravan, which was parked on Waterside Way, Mildura, breaking the window while gaining entry.

When later questioned by police about his motives, he told them he had no knowledge of the incident, but often drank and could not remember his actions.

About 5.30am on June 7 the accused entered his ex-partner’s home and stood over her bed, asking to see her children. 

The woman told him to leave and eventually persuaded him to exit the house, at which point he left on a bicycle.

Later that month the man and a co-accused stole security cameras worth $600 from Bunnings and was identified on CCTV, the court was told. 

In August the man’s ex-partner returned home from dining out to find the accused standing behind the lounge room door while her children sat and watched TV.

The accused pushed the woman to the floor, resulting in a cut lip and bump on the head.

After making his way to the front yard, he then threw a child’s bicycle through the windscreen of a car.

The accused was found on the road, alcohol and drug-affected, a short time later, the court was told.

His defence counsel yesterday said the accused had undertaken an anger management and drug and alcohol course during his 104 days of pre-sentence detention, and asked for a combined sentence of jail and a community corrections order with treatment.

The matter was yesterday stood down while the man was assessed for a CCO.

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