A 24-year-old man's animosity towards his mother's partner escalated in June when he threw a pot plant through the victim's garage door before kicking it.
Dillon Riske caused significant damage on June 3 at the Black Hill property, where his mother's partner lived.
He pleaded guilty at the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Thursday to criminal damage and breaching a Community Corrections Order.
The court was told before the incident, Riske phoned the victim three times and left one voice message stating the victim was a rat and he was coming to get him.
At 7.30pm, Riske attended the Black Hill property but his mother did not let him inside and told him to leave.
She then phoned the victim, who was not home, to tell him her son was at the house.
The court was told Riske threw a large pot plant through the garage door and kicked it in rage.
When police interviewed him, Riske said he did not cause the damage because he was at a friend's house.
Defence lawyer Andrew Madden said there had been animosity between his client and the victim, which had resulted in a three-year intervention order.
He urged the court to vary Riske's existing CCO, which would give him the opportunity to finish it.
Magistrate Alan Spillane warned Riske he was increasingly getting into more trouble.
"You are putting all of your eggs in the one basket. Down the track you are going to get locked up. You are becoming a real pest," Mr Spillane said.
"I am surprised Corrections are having you back in the fold."
But Mr Spillane said it was appropriate Riske was given another chance.
In relation to damaging the garage, Mr Spillane told Riske it was time he started acting as an adult and convicted and fined him $500.
For breaching the CCO, Riske was placed on another six-month order with 50 hours of unpaid community work.
Riske pleaded guilty to the charges at the contested mention court proceedings.
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