THE self-proclaimed drugs kingpin of Port Fairy has been sentenced to serve 12 months in a youth justice centre.
Blake Collyer, 20, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court this week to five charges of causing criminal damage and single counts of recklessly causing serious injury, recklessly causing injury, possessing a dangerous article, unlawful assault, burglary and being drunk in a public place.
Collyer has already served 84 days in custody and is likely to be released on youth parole by Christmas. Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said the bashing of one man happened in the context of drug dealing in Port Fairy. He said the victim had pleaded guilty to drug dealing and Collyer owed the man money.
Mr Klestadt said he was surprised by a report tendered to the court in which Collyer said: “I’m the authority in Port Fairy and no one sells drugs in Port Fairy without checking with me”.
The magistrate said it showed an extraordinary lack of insight into his offending.
Mr Klestadt said a period in a youth justice centre was more appropriate than adult jail.