A Colac man who stole items worth $50,000 from a Warrnambool home has had six months slashed off his jail sentence on appeal.
James Felekos, 30, of Wilson Street, previously pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to more than 30 charges including burglary, theft and dealing with proceeds of crime.
The offending occurred in August last year when Felekos broke into two Warrnambool homes in broad daylight and stole more than $80,000 worth of items.
A Riverview Terrace house was broken into while the family was at school and work. Felekos stole $50,000 worth of jewellery, cash and electrical goods.
In a victim impact statement the victim said the incident left her family in disbelief, anger, grief and sadness.
She said her family feared for the "bad man" who knew where they lived and could return at anytime.
"We have a new understanding that you're never really safe, not even in your own home," she said.
Felekos was jailed for 18 months. This week he appealed against the severity of the jail term in the Warrnambool County Court.
Lawyer Ian Pugh said Felekos was addicted to ice but was strongly supported by his mother, despite previously stealing $65,000 from her Colac pizza business.
He said his client was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder following a drug-related assault.
Judge Mandy Fox said there was no evidence that linked Felekos' mental health to his offending.
"These were burglaries and thefts to fuel an ice addiction," she said.
"People have a right to feel safe in their own home. They are entitled to all the things they work hard to buy."
Mr Pugh said a community corrections order would provide both punishment and necessary rehabilitation.
Judge Mandy Fox set aside the original sentence. She jailed Felekos for 12 months and placed him on an 18-month community corrections order.
Felekos has already served 209 days in custody.