A man who stole a woman’s purse from her handbag before knocking her to the ground with his car during his getaway has been jailed.
Brendan Heath Lord, 37, was in a spiral of drug use and criminality when the incident occurred at the Sebastopol Bowling Club in February.
Ballarat magistrate Ron Saines told Lord on Friday his offending was aggravated because he was on bail at the time.
He said Lord’s behaviour needed to be denounced because it was serious and violent.
“You were in a spiral of committing crime and that was driven by drug use and your need to pursue high levels of money to fund your drug use,” Mr Saines said.
“Because of the persistence and the seriousness of this offending, and the aggravating circumstances, a term of imprisonment exceeding pre-sentence detention is justified.”
Lord was at the Sebastopol Bowling Club when he took the woman’s purse from her handbag while she was playing a pokie machine.
The woman felt the purse being stolen and followed Lord into the carpark. He got into a car, accelerated toward the victim, hit her to the ground and sped away.
Two weeks later, Lord broke into a Sebastopol house while the owners were away, stole jewellery from the bedside table and house keys from the kitchen area.
Police located fingerprints and matched them to Lord who admitted he used the house as a place to stay when he was homeless and using up to $350 worth of ice a day.
Lord was charged with stealing from Officeworks in Ballarat in October last year, and driving an unregistered vehicle while his licence was suspended in April.
He failed to answer bail, stole a bottle of cordial from Coles and smashed the door with a trolley and gave police a false name.
Lord stole $460 worth of cold meat from Coles and camera systems and speakers from Good Guys in September, and jeans from Myer in August.
A Scope Disability Support Services staff member caught Lord attempting to steal items after breaking into the building in July.
He was on a community corrections order at the time.
Lord pleaded guilty to a string of charges, relating to the 10 separate incidents, at the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
Mr Saines told Lord his challenge was for him to maintain his intentions in the community, where he faced difficulties of wanting everything to suit him.
Lord was sentenced to five months’ imprisonment, with 66 days already served, and he was disqualified from driving for 12 months.
The community corrections order he breached was reinstated, with varied conditions, to run for 15 months after he is released from prison.
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