Mag­is­trate la­bels for­mer ad­dict a ‘mis­er­able’ story

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A FOR­MER drug ad­dict who breached his com­mu­nity corrections or­der by driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied has been jailed for a month.

Rochester’s Bren­dan Avis, 26, pleaded guilty in Echuca Mag­is­trates Court on Tues­day, May 29 af­ter be­ing given three weeks to prove he is clean.

Avis breached his 18-month CCO af­ter be­ing caught driv­ing with­out a licence on McEwen Rd, Kyabram, on De­cem­ber 8, 2017.

De­fence lawyer Matt Ma­hady, who pre­vi­ously told the court Avis had a ‘‘hor­ri­ble his­tory’’ said urine screen­ings from April and May proved his client was clean from metham­phetamine, which he had been on for about six years.

‘‘This is also the first time in five years he has ob­tained em­ploy­ment,’’ Mr Ma­hady said.

And de­spite be­ing given ‘‘quite a few chances’’ of CCOs over the years, Mr Ma­hady said his client was now mo­ti­vated to com­ply with any or­der.

How­ever, Mag­is­trate Andrew McKenna, who sat in on the mat­ter via vide­olink, said Avis’ per­for­mance on the CCO was ‘‘noth­ing short of mis­er­able’’.

‘‘Why should I think he’ll be any dif­fer­ent now,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s stag­ger­ing the Corrections office thinks he is still suit­able to com­plete one. What’s the point?’’

Avis has been placed on a CCO in the past and served a month in prison last year for pos­sess­ing a traf­fi­ca­ble amount of ice.

And Mr McKenna said Avis did not com­ply with any part of the 18-month CCO he was placed on in July last year.

‘‘You didn’t at­tend any ap­point­ments and did not do any of the 350 hours com­mu­nity work. Not a sin­gle one,’’ he said.

‘‘You did not en­gage with the Office of Corrections who went out of its way to ac­com­mo­date you . . . you’re fail­ure to en­gage is be­yond un­der­stand­ing.’’

Mr McKenna jailed Avis for one month for the breach and or­dered him to start an­other 18-month CCO, in­clud­ing 350 hours of com­mu­nity work, when he is re­leased from prison.

‘‘If you don’t com­ply with this or­der, more jail is wait­ing for you. It’s all up to you,’’ Mr McKenna said.

Avis was also con­victed and fined $1000 for the driv­ing charge and his licence was dis­qual­i­fied for two months.

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