Bendigo Man Receives Community Corrections Order After Burglaries | Bendigo Advertiser



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A BENDIGO burglar found unfit to be subject to a correctional order has been offered one last chance to get his life back on track. Zac William-Joe Waite, 25, appeared in Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on Monday, where he was sentenced to seven months in prison, with 209 days in pre-trial detention considered to have already been served. Magistrate Trieu Huynh also changed the correction order that Waite had violated, with the order to start over and last for 18 months after his release. Read more news: Two more schools in Bendigo exposed to COVID-19 Mr Huynh said Waite had a ‘bad history’ of complying with correctional orders, but it would give him the opportunity to complete drug treatment and mental health. “You won’t have much of a chance in the future,” said the magistrate. “While I’m cautious about your prospects for rehabilitation, I have some hope… you may be able to complete a correction order this time.” Last month, the 25-year-old pleaded guilty to burglary and concealment charges after a string of offenses in March and April this year. The court heard that Waite acted as a lookout when Jamie Leigh Page, 30, broke into cars and property in Jackass Flat on March 8. goods. A passerby saw Waite filling a bag of stolen items and confronted him. Waite fled the property but the man pursued him on foot. Waite threw the bag aside as he threatened to stab the man chasing him. Read more Court: Bendigo drug dealer seeks lighter sentence after violent domestic violence attack Court heard the passer-by pursued the 25-year-old until police arrived and arrested him . Defense lawyer Ellie Hayes-Childs told court last month that Waite was about to secure a place in a residential rehabilitation center. But Ms Hayes-Childs said on Monday that proposal had failed following a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility. Defense attorney said even if Victoria Corrections deemed Waite inappropriate for an order, he would still be within reach of the penalty. Mr Huynh said he took into account Waite’s “persistent” drug addiction and his history of abuse and mental health issues. The magistrate said these personal circumstances, along with prison restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, would make the prison sentence more onerous for Waite. Mr Huynh said he would give Waite another opportunity to obtain a correctional order, but with a condition of judicial supervision so that he could ensure that Waite remains on track during the “critical” period of release. The magistrate said if Waite had not pleaded guilty he would have been jailed for 12 months with a six-month non-parole period. Our journalists work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:



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