A BALLARAT man convicted of receiving stolen goods from the $60,000 Allan Brothers jewellery heist received a suspended jail term over fresh charges yesterday.
Grant Kelly, 22, appeared via video-link from the Fulham Correctional Centre where he is serving a 14-month jail term for crimes connected to the brazen burglary on February 11 this year.
Ballarat Magistrates Court heard Kelly was charged with new offences after breaking into the Wendouree Community Centre on January 6 this year.
The court heard Kelly caused $5000 damage to the centre, which was forced to find temporary facilities for a number of sports clubs which use it.
Kelly pleaded guilty to trespassing with intent to steal and intentionally causing damage.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Vikki Chaffey told the court Kelly smashed his way into the centre through a glass window before breaking down an internal door and ransacking the bar area.
Senior Constable Chaffey said Kelly managed to open a cash register, yet found it empty. He then located a set of keys which he unsuccessfully used in an attempt to open a safe.
Leaving the centre “empty handed” Kelly was later connected to the break-in through forensic evidence.
A lawyer for Kelly said her client would have recently been released on parole if not for the fresh charges, arguing that Kelly should still be released on parole.
Magistrate Andrew Capell disagreed with the submission and highlighted the fact that Kelly had a history of breaching court orders.
Sentencing Kelly to six months’ jail, suspended for 12 months, Mr Capell warned Kelly that he would be breaching both parole and a suspended sentence if he re-offended.
Kelly was also ordered to pay $5000 in compensation for the damage he caused to the community centre.