Man asks court for higher sentence - and gets it

Jason Buchanan, 42, formerly of Castle Carey Road, Mortlake, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to single counts of acting in a manner prejudicial to the good order of a jail, threatening to assault a police officer and persistent contravention of an intervention order.

Jason Buchanan, 42, formerly of Castle Carey Road, Mortlake, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to single counts of acting in a manner prejudicial to the good order of a jail, threatening to assault a police officer and persistent contravention of an intervention order.

A COBDEN man who pleaded guilty to continually breaching an intervention order has asked to be given a suspended sentence in court yesterday instead of being placed on a community corrections order.

Jason Buchanan, 42, formerly of Castle Carey Road, Mortlake, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to single counts of acting in a manner prejudicial to the good order of a jail, threatening to assault a police officer and persistent contravention of an intervention order.

The charges relate to Buchanan’s time in prison and custody for intervention order breaches, when he sent multiple handwritten letters to a victim and “behaved in an aggressive and abusive manner” towards police officers.

Magistrate Peter Mellas had Buchanan assessed for a community corrections order. However, Buchanan said the travel conditions necessary to complete the order would be too onerous while living on benefits. 

Buchanan instead asked to be given a suspended sentence — a penalty higher up the sentencing ladder.

Mr Mellas granted his request and sentenced him to four months in prison, suspended for 12 months. Buchanan was also fined $500.

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