A 19-year-old who a magistrate said had “lacked a level of parental guidance” and continued to “choose to offend” was told not to “waste his youth” in the prison system.
Jarrod Cakebread appeared in the Ballarat Magistrates Court before Magistrate Ron Saines and pleaded guilty to theft, possession and use of cannabis and breach of a Community Corrections Order (CCO).
“I accept that your opportunities have been limited but the reason you are here today is because you are committing significant criminal offences and society demands a message of denunciation and punishment,” Mr Saines said.
“For that reason, a sentence of imprisonment is warranted,” he said.
“If you continue with the theft of motor vehicles and police chases and the like, the sentences will get longer and you will waste your youth, your 20s and maybe more in the prison system.”
“It is up to you,” he said, “but if there is a breach of this order I am directing that are brought back before me and if you trash this opportunity again, that’s it.”
Cakebread was convicted to a total of three months jail to be served concurrently, reduced by the 41 days in custody.
The Community Corrections Order was varied to recommence after the jail term.