A male charged with dozens of offences after a three-month crime spree has been sentenced to further time in prison.
Jessy Loughnane, 21, appeared in the Ballarat Magistrates' Court via video link from prison on Monday morning as he was sentenced for offending spanning from December 2020 until March 2021.
The spree began on December 19, 2020, with the theft of a Toyota Landcruiser from Wendouree, valued at $30,000.
On Christmas Day, a victim noticed her car was missing from her workplace car park in Ballarat East. Checking the office, she realised her handbag containing her keys, mobile phone, house keys and bank cards had been stolen.
Loughnane is also charged with driving while disqualified and possessing a prohibited weapon without a lawful excuse on the same day.
Charge sheets seen by The Courier show further charges relating to offences in March include stealing cars, dealing with stolen number plates believed to be the proceeds of crime, petrol theft, driving while disqualified, breaching bail conditions and committing indictable offences while on bail.
He was also charged with further offences, including driving while disqualified and petrol theft, around Bendigo and Maryborough.
Magistrate Noreen Toohey released Loughnane on bail earlier this year "so he could deal with drug issues".
He had been ordered to comply with the Court Integrated Services Program (CISP).
"It is unfortunate but it seems to me that Jessy has very little ability to comply with court orders. He [allegedly] continued to use drugs and to reoffend," Ms Toohey said.
"In my view no sentence other than a custodial sentence is appropriate."
Loughnane, who the court was told "does not have a good criminal history for someone so young" pleaded guilty to the charges.
I don't know what it will take to get the message through to him that if he continues to put people in the community at risk then he will sadly spend his life in and out of custodyMagistrate Noreen Toohey
On Monday he was ordered to serve a total effective sentence of nine months in prison for the offences. He has already served 168 days.
His licence was disqualified for a period of 12 months.
"I don't know what it will take to get the message through to him that if he continues to put people in the community at risk then he will sadly spend his life in and out of custody," Ms Toohey said.
The court heard Loughnane had been given "plenty" of opportunities with support programs but he had "not engaged".
"Unfortunately he has thrown away those opportunities.
"There is only one person who can make the changes he needs to make and that's him."
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