More jail time for Ballarat offender 

A YOUNG Ballarat man already serving time in Port Phillip Prison for a series of past offences will spend almost three more months behind bars after yesterday pleading guilty to 13 fresh charges. 

Trent Bunny, 21, was due to be released next Wednesday, but will remain behind bars after pleading guilty in Ballarat Magistrates Court to charges, including three counts of driving while disqualified, dealing in property suspected of being the proceeds of crime and several possess drug offences. 

Slamming Bunny’s extensive criminal history, magistrate Michelle Hodgson said it was concerning he had spent so much time in prison for a man his age. 

“Specific deterrence is a very important matter for you,” Ms Hodgson said. 

“I see no alternative but to impose a term of imprisonment.”

Bunny’s defence lawyer Mike Wardell had earlier asked Ms Hodgson to consider a suspended term of imprisonment, allowing his client to still get out next week. 

Detailing Bunny’s latest offending to the court, police prosecutor Senior Constable Pepe Brown said Bunny was caught driving by police on three separate occasions last year, despite holding a disqualified learner’s permit. 

The court heard Bunny was caught driving by police twice on October 9 last year, first at 12.10am and again at 5.23pm. 

On top of his three month sentence, Bunny was also fined $1750.