A FORMER Echuca man has been jailed for four months after a three-month crime spree that saw him steal a car, number plates and hoon dangerously around town.
Kade William Hall, 27, pleaded guilty in Echuca Magistrates Court last Tuesday, November 14 to five counts of unlicensed driving, four counts of using an unregistered vehicle, theft of a vehicle, theft from a vehicle, failing to give information as to driver, theft, driving at a dangerous speed, speeding, possessing methamphetamine, unlawful assault, dishonestly receiving goods, breaching a CCO, committing an indictable offence on bail and contravening a conduct condition of bail.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Rachael Hitchens said Hall was caught driving without a licence on five occasions in Kyabram and Echuca between July and September 2017.
He was also speeding — at times doing 150km/h in a 60km/h zone and 127km/h in a 70km/h zone in Echuca.
Police pursuits had to be called off because of the danger to the public.
Hall also stole number plates from a car that had crashed into a fence at Murchison on August 7, 2017.
After being found in a car with the stolen plates at Echuca East boat ramp on August 9, Hall became aggressive with police and had to be capsicum sprayed.
On that occasion, he was found with 2g of ice.
The next month, he was found with a car that had been stolen a few days earlier from a Nish St carpark on September 16.
In the boot of the car was a stolen chainsaw.
The court also heard on October 22, Hall went to a girlfriend’s house in Cohuna where he pushed her, causing her to fall over a table, before taking off with her car.
He was later arrested and has been in custody since then.
Hall’s lawyer Matt Mahady asked the magistrate to consider a time-served sentence and a community corrections order as his client had spent 24 days in jail.
However, Mr Alsop said the charges were too serious not to warrant further jail time.
‘‘Then I would ask for a short, sharp sentence and a lengthy CCO, considering his relatively young age and this being his time in custody as an adult,’’ Mr Mahady said.
Mr Alsop convicted Hall and sentenced him to four months’ jail followed by a 12-month CCO which includes 200 hours of community work.
‘‘It’s far less than normal as there is some hope you might grow up,’’ he said.
Hall was also convicted and fined $1000, ordered to pay $2500 in restitution and will not be allowed to drive for two years.