A MAN who spat on a Bendigo nurse and exposed himself to a Melbourne hotel worker has been released on a community corrections order.
The 25-year-old man appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court last week where he pleaded guilty to 21 charges including unlawful assault and sexual exposure.
The court heard on October 1 last year, the man was staying at a hotel in the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda.
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He asked for a worker to deliver some towels to his room about 2.40pm.
After the woman provided the towels, the man asked for other items to be brought up to his room, including shower gel.
When the worker returned to the man's room, he was standing there naked and touching himself.
The court heard the woman left the items at the door and ran back to the main desk. The worker reported the incident to management and then police.
The man was arrested and remanded in custody the next day. He told police it had been a misunderstanding and he was only naked because he had just gotten out of the shower.
The court heard then on November 19, the man was receiving treatment at a hospital in Bendigo.
He argued with a nurse on duty about whether he should be allowed to have party pies, before swearing at the woman and spitting in her face.
The court heard he later apologised for the incident.
On March 11 this year, the man was at his mother's home, asking her for money.
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After she refused to give him any, the man struck his mother to the face. She grabbed her phone to call for help but the man smacked the mobile out of her hand.
He eventually fled the scene and his mother was able to call the police.
The man was arrested on May 26 after he had 11 outstanding warrants.
He admitted to breaching family violence intervention orders against his mother and former partner on numerous occasions.
Defence lawyer Robert Southgate told the court the man's declining mental health and homelessness led to his offending.
Mr Southgate said the 25-year-old had spent 17 days in custody and he knew he needed help.
Magistrate Megan Aumair noted the man's untreated mental health issues needed to be addressed.
Ms Aumair said while Corrections Victoria had deemed the man's risk of reoffending as low, the man needed to commit to treatment.
The man was convicted and sentenced to an 18-month community corrections order with 100 hours of unpaid community work, mental health treatment, and behaviour programs.
If the man did not plead guilty, he would have been jailed for six months with a 24-month community corrections order.
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