Portland man avoids jail term

A PORTLAND man who spent 19 days in custody has avoided spending more time in jail despite breaching a suspended prison sentence.

Michael Wilson, of Rundell Street, yesterday pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to using a telecommunications service to offend and harass, intentionally damaging property and two counts each of theft and failing to answer bail.

That offending breached a previously suspended six-month prison term imposed on charges relating to family violence.

Police alleged the victims of the new offending previously employed Wilson, but there was a dispute over payment.

On January 17 last year Wilson sent the couple obscene text messages, a graphic picture of his genitals and also threatened a man.

The defendant also attended a Horsham medical centre last year where he stole a doctor’s $650 mobile telephone.

Magistrate Kaye Robertson decided there were exceptional circumstances and Wilson would not have to serve the six-month suspended jail sentence.

Wilson was convicted, placed on a 12-month CCO, ordered to do 100 hours’ community work and has to undertake assessment and rehabilitation for drug use and mental health issues as requested. He was also ordered to pay $650 for stealing the mobile phone.

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