A MORTLAKE man jailed for five months for a range of offences has abandoned an appeal against the severity of his sentence.
Jason Buchanan, 41, of Castle Carey Road, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court in July to 13 charges including counts of reckless conduct endangering serious injury, breaching intervention orders, causing damage, driving offences and making threats.
Buchanan appeared in the Warrnambool County Court yesterday but because his jail sentence was almost complete decided to abandon his appeal after discussing issues with Judge James Montgomery.
Police previously said that in May this year a relationship break-up triggered his offending. On June 2 his former girlfriend was driving along the Princes Highway when Buchanan overtook her and forced her to stop.
He ordered her out of her vehicle and when she didn’t he smashed a side window, damaged the windscreen and took her keys.
Buchanan was arrested on June 14 and banned from having contact with the woman, but 30 minutes later made a phone call to her and left a threatening voice message. In the next three days the woman received 55 text messages, voice calls or missed calls from Buchanan.
Police said that on June 23 Buchanan went to a Derrinallum garage and verbally abused a man. The next day at a house in McAlpine Court, Camperdown, he threatened a man and caused more than $5000 damage to his vehicle.