​Jail for haul of stolen goods

A 24-year-old man has been jailed after a large haul of stolen goods was found at his Wendouree home.

The Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on Thursday heard police searched Jamie Hancock’s Clematis Avenue address on November 8 where they found a large number of stolen goods including a car taken from a Darling Street address the night before.

The court heard offenders stole the Ford Falcon, which had a substantial amount of tools inside, while the owner was inside getting ready for work.

It was found in Hancock’s driveway with number plates stolen from the Geelong area.

 A number of the victim’s tools were also found scattered around the house.

A trailer with an air compressor, fridge and generator inside, which had been stolen from a nearby go karting centre, were also found.

Police also located an Adidas bag with a number of house breaking tools including pliers, cordless drill, hammer and grinder.

Hancock, who was sentenced to five months’ imprisonment in August, was on appeal bail at the time.

He has since withdrawn his appeal and is currently serving that sentence.

Hancock’s lawyer told the court her client’s offending had only occurred in the past two years because of a significant ice addiction Hancock could not get on top of.

She said Hancock, whose parents were chronic drug users, had had issues with drugs since the age of 16.

But she added while at times he had got on top of the drug issues, it had taken over this time.

She also told the court her client understood a jail term was inevitable.

With her client due to be released on a community corrections order in March, Hancock’s lawyer urged the magistrate to make any jail term concurrent.

Hancock, who appeared via videolink for the plea hearing, was sentenced to three months imprisonment to be served concurrently with his current jail term.