A Terang man who robbed and assaulted another man while on a corrections order for drug trafficking is a victim of postcode injustice, a south-west lawyer says.
Brett Hull, 27, of Escort Street, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Thursday to aggravated burglary and assault and theft-related offences.
The court heard he attended the victim's home in Terang's McKinnon Street on March 25, blamed him for a police raid at his house the previous day and then punched him in the face.
He returned to the property five days later and forced entry through the front door before demanding the victim's car keys.
When the victim refused, Hull struck him to the body and face numerous times, causing abrasions and bruising.
He then picked up a pencil case containing $650 cash and left.
At the time of the offending, Hull was on two corrections orders, one of which he was placed on in December 2019 for trafficking methamphetamine and hindering police.
Lawyer Ian Pugh said the COVID-19 crisis had shut down a number of services that Hull would otherwise had access to through the corrections order.
He said Hull's drug use was the main reason for his re-offending, adding that his client "desperately" needed to attend a residential rehabilitation facility.
"But he is in the wrong postcode," Mr Pugh said.
"There is no long-term drug rehabilitation facility in our community."
Hull told the court he was "crying for help to beat my drug use".
Magistrate Mark Stratmann agreed the man needed help to address his drug problem.
"This is a relatively young man that is seriously affected by drug use," he said.
Mr Stratmann said Hull's previous corrections order had resources in place that were "blocked" by the COVID-19 crisis and a lack of facilities.
He ordered Hull be reassessed for a corrections order and remanded him in custody until July 17.
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