A WARRNAMBOOL man who a magistrate said had exhausted all opportunities for leniency wept as he was sent to jail.
Daniel Joseph Tate, 22, of Wooles Avenue, was sentenced to four months and 34 days’ jail in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
In February Tate pleaded guilty to dealing with property suspected of being the proceeds of crime, reckless conduct endangering serious injury, intentionally damaging property, threatening to inflict serious injury, driving while disqualified, careless driving/improper use of a motor vehicle, breaching an intervention order, failing to answer bail, driving in a dangerous manner, two counts of both offensive behaviour and indecent language and three charges of unlawful assault.
The charges in part resulted from domestic relationship issues and Tate’s dealings with police.
Tate was convicted and sentenced to four months’ imprisonment which was suspended for 12 months.
He was also fined $1500, had his driver’s licence cancelled for 12 months and given a 12-month community corrections order, which included conditions he undertake treatment for alcohol issues, a men’s behaviour program, a road trauma awareness seminar and programs to reduce reoffending.
On Tuesday Tate also pleaded guilty to charges dating to December for possession of a prohibited weapon and unlicensed driving.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said Tate had comprehensively breached the community corrections order and in doing so had breached the suspended sentence.
Mr Klestadt said Tate had a plethora of fines which hadn’t been paid and converted some fines into 230 hours’ community work of which he had done 12 hours.
Tate put his head in his lap and wiped away tears as Mr Klestadt said he’d indicated to the court that the law didn’t apply to him.
“You have ignored all orders given to you,” he said.
He said he accepted that since February Tate had not committed any offences but he had been in conflict with the Office of Corrections.
“As I’ve said on a number of occasions, the only thing I can make you do is go out that door,” he said.
Mr Klestadt said he took into account the support he had given to his pregnant partner and it was unfortunate for all concerned that he was being sentenced to jail.
“The positive that can come out of this is again dependent entirely on you,” he said.