Drugs fight results in jail

A MAN who produced a metal hook during a fight over a drug debt has been sentenced to serve four months in jail.

William Harold Filliponi, 31, of Kauri Crescent, Portland, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday to possessing a controlled weapon, burglary, theft, attempted theft of a vehicle, theft from a motorcar and attempted burglary.

Police said that on June 17 Filliponi went to a Portland address to get back $100 after he was unsatisfied with the drugs he had paid $300 for.

During a subsequent physical altercation he produced a metal hook, later telling police he had acted in self-defence.

Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt described the metal hook as a “fairly nasty piece of equipment”.

Other offending related to breaking into a Portland car dealership in December 2008, when a front glass door was smashed and $34 in coins stolen.

Filliponi was also alleged to have broken into and attempted to hot-wire a green Mitsubishi Pajero, but could not start it. An iPod and 45 CDs valued at $300 were stolen.

Two years later Filliponi tried to break into a Glenelg Shire Council landfill site office.

Forensic evidence at both the tip and car yard led to Filliponi being identified as the offender.

He is serving a minimum six-month sentence after being jailed in the County Court in August this year with an earliest release date of February next year.

Mr Klestadt said the 2008 offences were Filliponi’s first charges of dishonesty.

Filliponi received a total effective sentence of four months’ imprisonment, which will extend his earliest release date from prison to mid-April next year.

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