Ice behind three crimes

A MAN who plans to start a new life in Mildura had been injecting ice throughout the time he committed three crimes, including when he went his ex-partner’s Swan Hill house wielding a fence post, the County Court heard yesterday. 

Rhys Wardle, 28, pleaded guilty in Mildura to unlawful assault and two counts of criminal damage. 

He was sentenced to three months’ jail despite having served almost nine months in pre-sentence detention.

The charges related to two separate ­incidents in May and June last year. 

Wardle went to the his ex-partner’s house in Swan Hill and damaged a door and fence using a piece of fence paling while saying he wanted to kill ­occupants. 

Judge John Smallwood yesterday said the unlawful assault charge stemmed from the state of fear the victim would have been in. 

He said it was clear Wardle was enraged and if he had gained access to the home with the weapon while in such a state, he would be facing years in jail. 

The second criminal damage charge came after Wardle pulled a mirror off a ­vehicle while in Melbourne. 

At the time he was on bail for the Swan Hill offence. 

Wardle’s counsel yesterday said the off­ences were unsophistocated and unplanned. 

The court was told Wardle suffered from conditions including ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome.

He was yesterday released from jail and planned to moved to Mildura to escape the “anti-social activities” he had become ­involved in at Swan Hill. 

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