Prison term for Burke St bur­glary

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

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.

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