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Serial pest to receive sentence indication

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March 03, 2018

A MAN accused of a raft of drug, driving, burglary and theft offences across the Echuca area may soon discover his fate.

A MAN accused of a raft of drug, driving, burglary and theft offences across the Echuca area may soon discover his fate.

Rochester’s Samuel Barber, 25, appeared via prison videolink in Echuca Magistrates Court on Tuesday, after being refused bail in January.

Barber, who has been in custody since December 4, is charged with drug driving; unlicensed, disqualified and dangerous driving; burglary; theft; dealing negligently with proceeds of crime; handling stolen goods; obtaining property by deception; possessing and using ice; possessing cannabis and GHB; using an unregistered vehicle; fraudulently using registration plates; and lighting a fire during a fire danger period, which stem from offences between late June and early December last year.

Defence lawyer Matt Mahady said all his matters except two were resolved and requested a sentencing indication on his next court appearance.

Magistrate Sarah Leighfield adjourned the matter for a sentencing indication to the same court on March 14.

Barber is accused of driving while disqualified with meth in his system on the Northern Hwy in Echuca on June 29 and again without a licence on August 15, 2017, in Rochester.

He allegedly committed a burglary in Bendigo two days later, where a GoPro, watches, binoculars, puffer jackets, mobile phone, clothes, laptop, rings, credit card and some batteries were stolen.

Police say Barber used the credit card 13 times at different service stations and online portals, buying more than $2000 worth of goods.

On August 31, police raided his Fraser St home in Rochester, where a large quantity of items were seized.

On three more occasions, Barber allegedly drove without a licence, including December 4 when he is accused of speeding away from police along the Campaspe walking track in Rochester.

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