A HABITUAL Portland offender will spend the next eight months in jail.
Michael Wilson, 29, of Rundell Avenue, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday to stealing from shops and driving offences which breached a previously suspended six-month jail sentence.
With that sentence restored, Wilson received a total effective jail term of nine months’ imprisonment. He has already served 32 days in custody.
The most recent offending involved stealing sim cards and a mobile telephone with a total value of $805, a $45 tool kit and driving offences including unlicensed driving in May and June.
Defence counsel Jonathan Makary said his client was also facing an armed robbery charge.
He said Wilson’s partner’s daughter died of a drug overdose, which prompted the theft of the tool kit so Wilson could fix a battery and go to Melbourne.
The solicitor said Wilson’s former partner last week died in a car accident and Wilson hoped to in the future get custody of his children.
He said Wilson had an opiate addiction and had been “doctor shopping” for prescription drugs.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said Wilson’s overall situation was lamentable, but the bottom line was that he had continued to offend.
He said Wilson had a lengthy history of breaking the law and no sentencing option had in the past helped change Wilson’s ways. The magistrate said if Wilson was found guilty of armed robbery then he could expect to serve a substantial jail term.
Mr Klestadt said the suspended sentence had been imposed in Horsham in May last year for offences of violence against the mother of Wilson’s children.
He said no action was taken on that suspended sentence in February but it was inevitable the sentence now had to be served after Wilson had broken the law again in May and June.
The magistrate said Wilson also breached two community corrections orders through his reoffending.
Mr Klestadt said the crimes were at the lower end of the scale but “it was simply more of the same”.