A FRAMLINGHAM man with an intellectual disability and a fetish for cars, who is already serving a prison term, has received another suspended jail sentence.
Jade Simpson, 39, now of Loddon Prison, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to causing criminal damage and possessing cannabis.
He was convicted, fined $500 and sentenced to serve three months’ imprisonment, which was suspended for two years.
Simpson, who has been a regular in Warrnambool courts during the past 20 years for offences relating to vehicles, was jailed for two months on July 30.
That sentence also involved a four-month suspended sentence, so Simpson now had seven months’ imprisonment hanging over his head.
It was alleged that on June 7 at about 5pm police went to a Mortlake Road address where they spoke to Simpson.
He was arrested on outstanding warrants and police later found he was in possession of a bag containing two grams of cannabis.
At 12.20am on June 14 Simpson and a co-accused were found in a camper van on Mortlake Road. They had broken the door while entering the van, placed their belongings inside and had a sleep.
Simpson then attempted to start the van. When that failed he found another battery, which he hooked up, but still failed to start the van. He also unsuccessfully attempted to hot-wire the vehicle.
The owner of the van found Simpson in the driver seat and contacted police. Simpson fled and hid in a paddock. He returned later to apologise and tried to buy the van.
Simpson told police he broke into the van because he got sick of carrying his bags.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said that if Simpson offended again when he was released from jail in a fortnight he would face spending seven months in jail.
Simpson said he would not be offending from now on and planned to live with his family when released from prison.