A FRAMLINGHAM ice user who had an unregistered gun and stole a car has been released after 41 days in custody.
Beau Clarke, 27, of Kirrae Avenue, pleaded guilty in the koori division of the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to theft, receive stolen goods, firearm and weapons offences, theft of a car, unlicensed driving and driving through a red light.
Clarke had already spent 41 days in custody and will now start a 12-month community corrections order with conditions he complete 100 hours of community work as well as treatment, rehabilitation and programs.
Police said that on May 21 Clarke was driving north in a blue Hyundai on the Princes Highway when he approached an intersection with St George's Road near Bacchus Marsh.
He went straight through a red light while a police officer was at the same intersection facing a green light.
Clarke was intercepted and it was found he had never had a driver's licence and the car he was driving was stolen in Warrnambool that morning.
About noon on September 28 Clarke and his partner were found in a parked Nissan sedan near Boorcan.
The car was carrying false registration plates, there was an unsecured .22 calibre rifle in the car and a case containing knives.
The rifle was not registered and because of prior court convictions Clarke is not allowed to have a gun.
Defence counsel Xavier Farrelly said his client had spent 41 days in custody, had been in a relationship for 12 months and was now living at Framlingham where he is doing odd jobs and gardening.
He said Clarke had been addicted to ice and committed the offences at that time.
Magistrate John Lesser urged Clarke to stay off drugs and undertake treatment or risk spending long and longer in custody.