Unlicensed fire arm and drug affected

Liz Bell

A 29-YEAR-OLD man who was found with an unlicensed firearm at Rosedale Caravan Park last December and committed a number of other crimes while affected by ice and marijuana has had his case part heard, but adjourned until today, subject to a plea on a charge of burglary and theft.

At Sale Magistrates Court on Wednesday, Kane Thompson, currently of Nunawading, faced four briefs, three of which he pleaded guilty to, and were heard by the magistrate.

Those included theft of chocolate from a supermarket, finding and using a credit card four times to the value of $80, being a prohibited person with a firearm, wilful damage (slashing a vehicle’s tyres at the Rosedale Caravan Park), using a telecommunications device to menace and harass (text messaging), and using threatening words.

The fourth brief relates to a burglary and theft matter in Nunawading, to which a plea has not been entered, and which will be heard today at Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court.

The court heard Thompson has a 12 page prior history and was jailed for three months in 2016 after contravening a family violence order and being charged with unlawful assault.

He was also convicted of a burglary offence 10 years ago.

However the magistrate said his recent priors did not reveal a “substantial criminal history”.

When asked by the magistrate if the 2016 charges related to the same victim as the 2017 harassment charges, Thompson’s defence solicitor said his client’s brain injury made it difficult to provide full details to the court.

He said Thompson could not remember all the details of his offending, or if it was the same victim.

Magistrate Jacinta Studham adjourned the matter, part heard, and has reserved sentencing until she can deal with the burglary and theft charges.

However, she told Thompson, who has spent 56 days in custody at Melbourne Remand Centre, he had “more time to do”.