Thefts send ice ad­dict to prison

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - — Bar­clay White

A drug ad­dict who stole from his own mother while in the depths of an ice ad­dic­tion has been sent to prison.

Daniel Bar­rass, 25, of no fixed ad­dress pleaded guilty in Shep­par­ton Mag­is­trates’ Court on Wed­nes­day, June 14 to a range of charges, in­clud­ing theft of weapons and ag­gra­vated bur­glary.

Pros­e­cu­tor Se­nior Sergeant Les Orosz­vary said Bar­rass broke into the Pi­cola home of his mother and step­fa­ther in March in search of valu­ables with the help of an as­sailant.

‘‘They started tak­ing items from the house, in­clud­ing a tele­vi­sion, DVD player and a lap­top,’’ Sgt Orosz­vary said.

Ac­cord­ing to a wit­ness at the rob­bery, Bar­rass looked ice-af­fected as he stole the items.

Bar­rass’ to­tal haul from the rob­bery, which in­cluded elec­tri­cal tools, was val­ued at $20 000.

It fol­lowed on from an ear­lier rob­bery, where Bar­rass stole a num­ber of guns from a ship­ping con­tainer in Strath­mer­ton in Novem­ber last year.

Af­ter his mother re­ported the rob­bery to po­lice, Bar­rass missed a num­ber of ap­point­ments to dis­cuss the mat­ter with po­lice.

He was even­tu­ally charged and had been re­manded in cus­tody since last month.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Luke Slater said the time be­hind bars, which was a first for his client, had been a big wake-up call.

‘‘I can tell you he hasn’t en­joyed the last 30 days,’’ Mr Slater said.

He said Bar­rass was go­ing through a bad breakup at the time of the of­fences, and was frus­trated that he had lit­tle con­tact with his three young chil­dren.

For the past 10 years, Bar­rass had been us­ing metham­phetamines, and de­spite at­tempts to get clean, Mr Slater said he had fallen back into the pit of ad­dic­tion.

‘‘He recog­nises that this is some­thing he has to get rid of if he is to have a ful­filled life­style,’’ he said.

Mag­is­trate Belinda Walling­ton noted that de­spite his early plea and co-oper­a­tion with po­lice, the lo­ca­tion of the guns stolen, which in­cluded a semi-au­to­matic, was un­known.

Bar­rass was sen­tenced to three months in prison, fol­lowed by a 12-month com­mu­nity cor­rec­tions order.

‘‘Try and get your head right be­fore you are re­leased,’’ the mag­is­trate said.

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