A MAN who caused about $5000 damage to a Warrnambool house and then threatened police has been ordered to complete 100 hours of community work.
Jesse Riley, 23, of Fleetwood Court, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court this week to two charges of causing criminal damage and three counts of both threatening to inflict serious injury and resisting police.
Yesterday, magistrate Ian von Einem placed Riley on a 12-month community corrections order in a bid to get him back on track.
Riley told the court he planned to stay in Warrnambool, get help for his substance abuse issues and would not be back in court.
The magistrate welcomed Riley’s commitment, saying if the defendant did take up the assistance on offer he may well stay clear of the law.
Riley has prior offences for burglary, theft, failing to appear on bail, causing criminal damage and driving charges.
Police said Riley, who has a history of drug and alcohol use, had lived in Cairns but moved back to Warrnambool earlier this year and was allowed to stay with a friend in his Department of Housing home as a favour. At 7pm on Wednesday police were called to the Fleetwood Court home after reports of someone smashing windows.
When officers arrived they found Riley was extremely drunk and in a highly aggressive and violent state.
They could see a living room window was smashed and Riley was continuing to tear down blinds and break windows.
Even when officers talked to him, Riley refused to open the front door and continued to break items.
Police retreated when Riley walked down the driveway threatening to assault officers with an iron bar.
He was told to put the bar down several times but refused, walked back inside and continued to break windows and smash living room lights with the iron bar.
Riley yelled abuse at police officers, saying: “Come on, I’ll cave your skulls in.”
He was arrested and handcuffed before again becoming aggressive and resisting police officers, who eventually subdued him with capsicum spray.
The house suffered smashed windows, holes in plaster and damage to a heater, television, Xbox and dining table.
The offences were committed while Riley was on bail