A magistrate has jailed a man for weapons offences and possessing Victoria Police property, but remains optimistic about the man’s future prospects.
Paul Pratt was sentenced in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court yesterday for possessing a prohibited firearm, possessing cartridge ammunition, and possessing Victoria Police identification/equipment.
Magistrate Michael King said Pratt was found in possession of a firearm when police raided a property.
But he noted Pratt had written to him, and this suggested he had a valid and worthwhile plan to set his life straight, which included goals of getting back into farm work, playing football again, and ending associations with people involved in drugs.
“I think what you’re aiming for and your strategies are excellent,” Dr King said.
Dr King sentenced Pratt to six months’ imprisonment.
He had served 112 days before sentencing.
Dr King also ordered Pratt undertake a 12-month community corrections order upon his release.
On the order, he must undergo any drug abuse treatment and mental health treatment as directed, as well as programs to reduce the risk of reoffending.
He will also be subject to judicial monitoring.
Dr King warned Pratt that were he to commit any further offences on the order, he would likely receive more time in custody.
But he said he was confident Pratt would get through, given his plan.
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