Thefts send ice addict to prison
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.