Hamilton's Jindarra Austin jailed for 135 days

A HAMILTON man arrested on five outstanding warrants ​has been jailed for crimes dating back to May 2014.

Long-time Hamilton resident Jindara Austin, 22, was arrested last Friday in Hamilton after previously fleeing from police officers and causing mini-manhunts.

He had been charged with persistently breaching intervention orders dating back to May 2014, as well as breaching intervention orders, breaching bail conditions, resisting police, handling stolen goods, recklessly causing causing injury and failing to appear in court.

​Magistrate John Lesser ​resentenced Austin on his original charges – which had resulted in a community corrections order – to a 90-day jail term.​

O​n new charges which included breaching bail and failing to appear in court, Austin was jailed for  120 days​, with 75 ​to be served concurrently.

His total effective jail term is 135 days with ​13 days ​already counted as served.

Detective Sergeant Mark James, of the Hamilton police crime investigation unit,  said that since August 2014 there had been 16 warrants issued for the arrest of Mr Austin.

"He was arrested on Friday and has been remanded in custody to appear in the Geelong Magistrates Court," he said.

The charges are part-heard in front of former Warrnambool magistrate John Lesser, who is now based back in Geelong.

 Mr Austin appeared in Warrnambool court mid last year after being extradited from Mount Gambier.

He had a job in Mount Gambier and police supported an application for him to return to live in South Australia.

However, Mr Austin moved back to Hamilton and his three-year cycle of offending continued.

It was previously foreshadowed in court that Mr Austin would be jailed which is understood to have led to him failing to appear in court and warrants being issued for his arrest.

"Mr Austin has actively been avoiding arrest," Detective Sergeant James said.