Court told offender’s story was ‘a sad situation’

A SALE man has been sentenced to six months prison for a range of offences.

The 25-year-old has already served 191 days of his sentence and has been freed with no additional orders.

He was arrested in August 2016 after being found squatting at the former Sale police station on York St.

After surrendering a pocketknife, stolen clothing and a mobile phone, one gram of methamphetamine and a drill with drill bits was found.

He was charged with breaking and entering, theft, handling proceeds of crime, drug possession, and deception after a full admission at the Sale police station, and was convicted.

In November 2016, police again noticed indications of residence at the old police station, finding methamphetamine, a concealed pocketknife and a broken ice pipe.

The man was found at an empty residence at Market St, after its tenants had been evicted.

He was also convicted on two counts of wilful and obscene exposure, after he was allegedly spotted performing a lewd act in public places.

The acts, some in places that children were near, were attributed to being affected by ice.

He was also charged with a range of order breaches and convicted.

The defence noted the length of time he had already served and the “strong” support from his family, which had paid $16,000 for drug rehabilitation in Queensland.

Magistrate Lou Hill held off on a decision as to whether to place Hunt on the sexual offenders registry, noting that his sexual “deviation” was due to ice use.

He sentenced the man to six months imprisonment, which has already been served.

“I would expect, after six months imprisonment, you’ve had a great deal of time to think about it,” he said.

“It’s a sad situation ... too common a story”.

Gippsland Senior
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