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Court told of man’s ice use

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November 15, 2017

A young man sent to jail for six months for dangerous driving has been hooked on ice since he was just 16.

Jamaine Baksh, 21, formerly of Shepparton, faced the Magistrates’ Court on Monday from the dock after serving 21 days in pre-sentence detention.

He stole two vehicles earlier this year, including a 2014 Audi sedan from Glen Waverley. He used that to get around Shepparton and play the pokies at various pubs.

But it was the erratic and dangerous driving that most concerned Magistrate Stella Stuthridge, which, she said, had put people’s lives at risk.

Through his lawyer Ian Michaelson, Baksh pleaded guilty to charges of contravening a community corrections order, theft of motor vehicles and reckless conduct endangering life.

Mr Michaelson said his client’s offending could largely be traced back to his addiction to methamphetamine, or ice.

‘‘He’s been using it since 16 and the only time he hasn’t used it is when he’s in custody,’’ Mr Michaelson said.

He put forward that Baksh would be willing to have another go at a community corrections order to get his life back on track.

Magistrate Stuthridge was concerned about how to sentence Baksh, who has a long history of priors, but also had a learning disability that could hinder rehabilitation.

‘‘Your level of processing is hindered, it’s slower than for other people,’’ the magistrate said.

She expressed serious concern that in his prior convictions, dangerous driving-related charges were escalating.

Once he has served his six-month prison sentence, Baksh will be put on an 18-month community corrections order, with special conditions for drug and alcohol treatment.

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