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Three week stay of man’s sentence

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May 12, 2018

A FORMER drug addict who breached his community corrections order by driving while disqualified has been given less than three weeks to prove he is clean.

A FORMER drug addict who breached his community corrections order by driving while disqualified has been given less than three weeks to prove he is clean.

Rochester’s Brendan Avis, 26, appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court on Wednesday to plead guilty to a breach of a CCO and driving while disqualified.

Defence lawyer Matt Mahady told the court Avis had a ‘‘horrible history’’.

‘‘He has been given quite a few chances,’’ he said.

‘‘He has had ongoing dependency issues with methamphetamine which began when he was around 20.

‘‘It was working as a security guard at clubs around this area where he was introduced first to ecstasy and than to methamphetamine.

‘‘He tells me he is now three months clean.’’

Police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Snell said Avis was observed driving on McEwen Rd, Kyabram on December 8, 2017.

‘‘He was intercepted by police and checks revealed he was unlicensed at the time,’’ he said.

‘‘The accused told police he was helping out ‘Tanya’ at the time by driving her car back home.’’

Magistrate Andrew McKenna said Avis hadn’t complied with the previous community corrections order.

‘‘He doesn’t seem to be interested at all in rehabilitation,’’ he said.

‘‘In fact he had a complete disregard for treatment.’’

Mr McKenna adjourned the matter to the same court on May 29 for the defence to obtain drug screens and record of employment.

Mr McKenna will sit in on the matter via videolink.

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