Andrew Young free to return and live with his Warrnambool family

A LONG-TIME Warrnambool ice addict offender  has been given permission to leave rehabilitation after spending 70 days at a live-in facility.

Andrew Young, 27, of Crawley Street,  pleaded guilty in the Koori division of the Warrnambool Magistrates Court during October last year to about 30 charges.

He  progressed from selling dodgy electronics on buy, swap and sell websites to burglaries.

Magistrate Cynthia Toose had bailed Young to attend at the Wulgunggo Ngalu ​L​earning ​P​lace but he returned to Warrnambool for three weeks over Christmas.

This week police opposed the change of bail conditions saying that it was recommended by the centre that participants stay for between six and nine months.

Ms Toose approved that Young leave and live with his partner and four children in Crawley Street.

She received a progress report from Wulgunggo Ngalu which she said was fantastic.

"This could be a really significant turning point in your life," she told Young.

"You've done well in the centre. Good progress has been made. You discharged yourself after missing your family previously. How confident are you that you will not relapse?" she asked.

Young said he was "pretty confident".

Young will now restart a community corrections order which aims to provide him supports, including assistance from a Western Region Drug and Alcohol centre worker.

Young is also expected to start a men's behaviour change program in March.

He will also be back in koori court on February 16 and was bailed until that day with conditions he live with his family, not drive and not consume alcohol or drugs.

Young went to to the rehab centre on bail and was warned if he didn't stay he could expect to be jail.

The previous time Young was bailed to attend the centre he lasted just two days before going home.

 "Meth amphetamine is a difficult drug and may take a number of attempts to get off. You have expressed a desire to attend the centre and have the motivation of spending meaningful time with your children in future," Ms Toose told him.

Young's offending involved driving offences, breaching a bail curfew, breaking into the Wesley-CBC Cricket Club facilities and stealing a blower and lawnmower and involvement in a burglary at South West Tools.

He also sold a Hummingbird fi​sh finder for $250 and a dish washer for $350 on ​Gumtree and a buy, swap and sell ​Facebook page.

The fish finder wasn't delivered and the dish washer didn't work​ even though Young hooked it up to power to show the electronics worked​. 

He has nine pages of prior convictions and had already spent 73 days in custody.