A man who was caught repeatedly driving while disqualified, among a slew of other offences, has been given a jail sentence and a hefty fine.
Anthony Illarietti, 35, was sentenced in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court to nine months' imprisonment, a 12-month community corrections order and a $2000 fine after pleading guilty to 28 charges.
These included driving while disqualified, theft, speeding, giving police a false name, driving an unregistered vehicle, refusing to provide an oral fluid sample for a drug test, robbery, committing indictable offences on bail, handling stolen goods, driving an unroadworthy vehicle, and attempted theft.
Illarietti was caught driving while he was disqualified from doing so seven times in the space of two months last year, including twice on two consecutive days.
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On September 27 last year, Illarietti was also found speeding on the Calder Freeway at Kyneton at an alleged 139 km/h in the 110 km/h zone.
When stopped by police, he gave officers a fake name and said he was speeding because the accelerator was "sticky" and he did not want to brake suddenly.
The following month, Illarietti stole four shirts, two jumpers and two pairs of shorts worth $475 from a central Bendigo department store.
He also tried to steal a power tool from an Epsom tool store.
Then in November, he robbed an acquaintance of a mobile phone.
Later that month he stole a car from a Sunbury auto yard and a motorbike from a property at Serpentine.
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He also stole number plates from a vehicle in Flora Hill and gas and unleaded fuel woth almost $160 from a service station in Eaglehawk.
Illarietti's lawyer Andrew Healer said his client was committed to rehabilitation.
Much of Illarietti's offending appeared connected to drug use, Mr Healer said, but his client was no longer using and knew to refrain in future.
He said Illarietti had spent a significant period in prison already, which had been "particularly harsh".
Magistrate Ross Betts said he took into account Illarietti's guilty plea, his family responsibilities and his good prospects of employment.
Mr Betts said he did have concerns about his prospects of rehabilitation, and ordered he be supervised, undertake drug rehabilitation and attend offender behaviour programs while on his community corrections order.
He also banned Illarietti from driving for five years.
Illarietti had served 158 days of his prison term at the time of sentencing.
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