A Creswick man, who relapsed into drug use and went on a crime spree across Ballarat, has been spared any further time in prison.
Damien Francis Murray was sentenced at the online Ballarat Magistrates' Court on Thursday to time already served, followed by a 15-month community corrections order.
The 48-year-old man had served 35 days in pre-sentence detention, which the magistrate declared as time already served, and he was released from prison.
Murray pleaded guilty on Monday to 20 charges, including theft, fraudulently using a credit card, speeding, unlicensed driving and bail offences.
His offending spanned from January to his arrest on June 17. He faced court on the day of his arrest, was refused bail and pleaded guilty to the charges one month later.
Murray stole a mop and bucket from Stockland Wendouree, stole a camping fridge from the back of a Ford Ranger utility at Alfredton Aldi and used a stolen credit card at Creswick IGA.
On February 18 at Creswick, Murray was unlicensed when he drove 30km/h over the speed limit in a 60km/h zone, resulting in the impoundment of his vehicle.
He was on three sets of bail at the time of his crime spree, with a condition he not get behind the wheel.
In sentencing Murray, magistrate Jonathan Klestadtsaid he would have imprisoned Murray for three months but he applied leniency due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on prisoners.
As part of the community corrections order, Murray will be supervised, be monitored by the court and required to undergo treatment and assessment for drug abuse.
His driver's licence was cancelled and he was disqualified from driving for four years.
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