A man who broke into a couple's Echuca home and left a man in his 60s needing surgery has been jailed for a minimum of two years.
Jade Mangino, 24, was sentenced in the County Court in Bendigo to four years' imprisonment with a non-parole period of two years in relation to a series of events in Echuca on the night of April 23, 2016.
He pleaded guilty earlier this week to aggravated burglary with an offensive weapon, recklessly causing injury, five charges of theft, burglary, and two charges of intentionally damaging property.
Mangino broke into the garage of a Hare Street home, and after searching the car for its keys, grabbed a box cutter from the bench and entered the house through a rear door.
He demanded the car keys from the man in the lounge room, who said they were in the bedroom and told him to wait where he was.
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But Mangino followed the man down the hallway and, outside the bedroom, lashed out at the man with the box cutter, causing cuts to his chest and neck.
He then began smashing framed pictures to the ground, one of which cut the man's foot so deeply he required surgery to repair tendons and nerves.
After leaving the home, Mangino broke into a Matong Road business and stole car keys to two vehicles.
One of these vehicles he used to break open the gates of the premises, then left in the other.
He then stole petrol in this vehicle from an Ogilvie Avenue petrol station.
Judge Michael Murphy said aggravated burglary was an inherently serious offence, but Mangino's actions constituted a serious example of the crime.
He said the use of the weapon was opportunistic, but the second set of offences - involving the theft of the cars - was a "determined course of conduct" involving a "serious spate of property-related offending".
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Judge Murphy detailed Mangino's criminal history, which began when he was 18 years old and had included such offences as burglary, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, possessing an unlawful weapon in public and assaulting police.
He had since served three terms of imprisonment, not including a suspended sentence, spending just 10 months out of custody within the space of about five years.
Mangino's offending in Echuca occurred two months after he left prison on parole.
Judge Murphy said the court had to emphasis rehabilitation in its sentencing, as Mangino was a young offender.
He also noted Mangino pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.
Mangino's deprived childhood, during which he was exposed to alcohol, drugs and violence and left home at 14, Judge Murphy said, warranted some leniency.
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But he did not accept that Mangino's alcohol abuse - which he said was the underlying cause of the offending - reduced his moral culpability.
Mangino was arrested in Queensland and spent more than two years in prison there for other offending before extradition to Victoria.
Judge Murphy said he had to give regard to this sentence and the delay in proceedings for the Echuca matter.
He said a lengthy period on parole would give Mangino the supervision to help him address his issues.
Mangino had spent 274 days of his prison term in custody prior to sentencing.
Mangino must also give a total $365 in compensation and provide police with a DNA sample.
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