Theft Motor Vehicle

The accused had a lengthy history of prior Court appearances for similar offences. He had a long-standing mental illness (schizophrenia), as well as issues with cannabis use in the past. The matter proceeded as a consolidation of 17 charges that occurred over a four month period, during which time accused was drinking heavily.

We represented the client at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for the charges of:

Following a plea hearing, the Magistrate indicated that the accused was at risk of immediate jail and ordered that he be supervised by the Court Integrated Services Program (CISP) for a period of months before she sentenced him. The accused engaged with the Program for 6 months, addressed his drinking habits and became stable on his psychiatric medication. He also underwent drug and alcohol counselling.

Following deferral of sentence for 6 months, the accused was placed on a 6 month Community Based Order (CBO), with minimal conditions attached, and avoided an immediate jail sentence.


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