Community work for Charlton abattoir burgler

A GOLDEN Square man who fired two stun gun rounds into road signs after stealing the firearm and an assortment of knives from a Charlton abattoir has been ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work.

Jayden Thomas Borchard, 21, pleaded guilty in Bendigo Magistrates Court on Monday to 12 charges including burglary, theft, unlicensed driving and two counts of driving on a learner's permit without a supervising driver.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Karl Mannes told the court Borchard and a friend were driving around Charlton in the early hours of August 3 last year when they decided to break into the AGP abattoir.

Senior Constable Mannes said the pair stole a bolt gun and ammunition - used to stun animals prior to slaughter - as well as nine knives, a sharpening steel and pouch from the business.

He said when the men were driving away from the building, Borchard loaded the bolt gun and fired two rounds into the white reflective posts along the side of the road. The court was told the stolen items were dumped in a quarry and in the Avoca River six days after the burglary.

In a separate incident, the court heard Borchard was pulled over by police while riding a motorcycle near Corop in December last year.

Senior Constable Mannes said Borchard produced a probationary licence and was breath tested, registering a blood alcohol content of 0.048.

He told the court the licence was not valid for a motorcycle and said the vehicle did not meet registration standards.

In another driving incident, the court heard Borchard, then a learner driver, drove his friend's car without having a supervising driver in the vehicle.

Defence lawyer Kate Youngson said her client admitted to being involved in the abattoir burglary but maintained he did not go into the building.

She said the father-of-one had a good work history but had managed to get himself into a "situation".

But Magistrate Jennifer Tregent told the court Borchard had a history of dishonesty offences.

Ms Tregent convicted Borchard and placed him on a 12-month community corrections order requiring 120 hours of unpaid work and disqualified him from driving for six months.

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