A CAMPERDOWN district man has been told he avoided jail by the narrowest of margins after pleading guilty to a pub assault and burglaries on isolated farms and a CFA shed.
Magistrate Cynthia Toose made the comment while sentencing Leroy Ricky Robertson, 21, of Lismore Road in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court this week.
Robertson pleaded guilty to 14 charges involving burglaries, thefts, possessing ice and one count of recklessly causing injury.
Two co-offenders were jailed for their parts in break-ins at isolated farms and The Sisters Country Fire Authority shed.
Robertson was also at Camperdown's Commercial Hotel soon after midnight on August 12 when he head-butted a man and punched the victim to the back of the head.
The man suffered bleeding and two nose fractures.
The magistrate said Robertson was not as involved in the burglaries as his co-accused, he was a young offender and capable of being rehabilitated.
"This is your absolute last chance," Ms Toose told Robertson.
"If you breach your community corrections order you will be breached and be resentenced. Rarely does anyone go down the sentencing hierarchy.
"If you have not had a wake-up call today you'll never have one. You really are at the cross-roads.”
Robertson was placed on a 12-month community corrections order with the condition to do 175 hours of community work and treatment, rehabilitation and programs as requested.