An ice addict charged with almost 30 dishonesty, driving and burglary offences has fronted court after being on the run for 18 months.
Nathan Rosenow’s two years of alleged offending caught up with him on Friday when he appeared at the Ballarat Magistrates Court to apply for bail.
The 30-year-old’s alleged offending dates back to October 20, 2016, when he allegedly went to a Melton house with two friends, believing he was collecting a drug debt.
But police allege the trio removed a television before leaving the property. Rosenow’s DNA was found at the scene.
The court was told Rosenow was allegedly involved in a number of petrol drive-offs, thefts and police pursuits while he was a disqualified driver, in Ballarat between July 2017 to September 2018.
Most of Rosenow’s alleged offending occurred while he was on a two-year community corrections order, which was imposed on March 30, 2016.
The father of three children was captured on CCTV on July 10, 2017, allegedly removing number plates from a vehicle whose owner was staying in Ballarat on route to Canberra.
The court was told two weeks later, Rosenow was captured on CCTV allegedly stealing $63 worth of petrol in Preston.
On August 16, 2018, police allegedly saw Rosenow driving a Holden Commodore while he was disqualified in Drummond Street North.
Police directed him to stop driving, but he allegedly accelerated at a fast rate of speed and police did not continue chasing him due to the number of motorists using the road.
Police opposed Rosenow’s application for bail, saying his behaviour was reckless and he was putting the public in danger every day.
Rosenow’s lawyer said his client had an intellectual disability and he would be considered a vulnerable person if he remained in custody.
But magistrate Bob Kumar said Rosenow had 33 pages of prior criminal convictions and he was too much of a risk to the community’s safety.
“This man poses an unacceptable risk. He has not complied with a community corrections order,” Mr Kumar said.
“The court can’t put anything in place to reduce the risk.”
The court was told Rosenow was a heavy ice user and his family did not want to support him.
Mr Kumar refused Rosenow’s bail application because he fell short of showing compelling reasons.
He will return to the Ballarat Magistrates Court in December for a mention. He faces 28 charges, including multiple counts of theft, failing to stop on police request, driving while disqualified and aggravated burglary.