Prison term for Burke St burglary
A WANGARATTA man charged with a burglary of a Burke Street business in September was sentenced to six months jail and a two year community corrections order at Wangaratta Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
Thomas Evans was also ordered to complete 100 hours of community work and receive supervision and treatment for drug use and be assessed for residential rehabilitation on his release.
Magistrate Stella Stuthridge told Evans that if he had not pleaded guilty he would have faced 12 months imprisonment.
Evans will still have to face County Court judge Marilyn Harbison for breaching a community corrections order she made against him in April 2016 when she imprisoned him on drug trafficking charges.
Evans was released from a previous jail sentence in July 2015 after serving 12 months of a two year term over previous burglary charges.
Defence lawyer Geoff Clancy asked Ms Stuthridge to consider the 63 days his client had already served on the current charges when sentencing, if not in total but as the “lion’s share” of any sentence he was given, but that was rejected.
“I need to deter you (Evans) and others from this type of offending,” Ms Stuthridge said when passing sentence.