A LONG Gully man who breached a suspended jail sentence by violently ransacking his mother's home has narrowing avoided a stint behind bars.
Julian Goldsmith, 28, "lashed out" at his mother, yelling abuse and rampaging through the house they shared after he discovered an ex-girlfriend had rifled through his room while looking for her belongings.
Goldsmith smashed two tables and a window before ransacking the living room and leaving his mother in fear for her safety.
When police arrested Goldsmith and searched the home two days after the incident in October last year, they found about 10 grams of cannabis and some cannabis seeds.
On Friday, Goldsmith pleaded guilty in Bendigo Magistrates Court to one count of criminal damage as well as possessing and using a drug of dependence.
The court heard the offending breached an eight-month suspended jail sentence imposed in April last year for criminal damage, breaching an intervention order and recklessly causing injury.
Defence lawyer Megan Aumuir told the court her client had been pushed to his wit's end and simply "lost it".
Ms Aumuir said Goldsmith had been persistently contacted by an ex-girlfriend who whom he had had a tumultuous relationship.
She said he had changed his phone number several times and had even gone to the police in an attempt to stop the contact.
"She should not have been at his house, it was almost a provocative act on her behalf," Ms Aumuir said.
"He lashed out in his own home and unfortunately his mother was there to witness it.
"He knows its the wrong thing to do."
The court heard Goldsmith had engaged with mental health services to deal with his behavioural issues and had made efforts to repair or replace the damaged property.
Magistrate David Faram said while Goldsmith's actions could not be excused, he would not reinstate the suspended sentence because the offending before him was substantially different to that which attracted the original penalty.
"It's fair to say it's a line ball," he said.
Mr Faram fined Goldsmith $1500 and urged him to get his anger management issues under control.