A YOUNG Ballarat man found in possession of a stolen shotgun was jailed for six months yesterday.
Trevor Scott, 20, appeared in Ballarat Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to a string of charges, including being a prohibited person possessing a weapon, driving while disqualified and theft.
The court heard Scott, who is currently on remand for allegedly assaulting a neighbour, was found in possession of one of two stolen shotguns when police searched his Delacombe home on May 29 last year.
Detailing the offending to the court, police prosecutor Senior Constable Clint Prebble said the victim in the matter had two registered shotguns stolen from his car when it was parked in a Redan street on May 21 last year.
Senior Constable Prebble said Scott made admissions to police after they searched him and his twin brother’s homes and found one of the shotguns.
The court also heard Scott, who had been disqualified from driving in January last year, was caught driving by police on April 27 last year.
Senior Constable Prebble told the court police drug tested Scott and found him to be under the influence of the drug ice.
On another occasion Scott was again caught driving an unregistered car with different number plates on the front and back of the car, the court heard.
David Tamanika, for Scott, said his client had been plagued by drug abuse since a young age.
Magistrate Michelle Hodgson sentenced him to a total of seven months jail, with one month to be served concurrently. Scott was also fined $500.