A repeat offender has narrowly avoided being sent to jail

ONE MORE CHANCE: A man who was on the cusp of being sent to jail for repeatedly breaking the law and breaching bonds and bail, has been given a suspended jail sentence.
ONE MORE CHANCE: A man who was on the cusp of being sent to jail for repeatedly breaking the law and breaching bonds and bail, has been given a suspended jail sentence.

A man narrowly avoided being sent to jail after breaching community service orders and threatening police on two occasions.

When he appeared in Orange Local Court on Monday, Brendan Peter Price, 25, of Peisley Street, had only completed 76 hours of the 300 hours of community service he had been ordered to complete on April 26, 2016.

Price was represented in court by solicitor Mick Madden who said Price spent four months in jail on remand before being released on Supreme Court bail bail six weeks ago.

Magistrate Susan McGowan took the time spent in custody into account when she gave him multiple suspended jail sentences for breaching the community service orders, which she revoked, and for a number of other matters.

Price was given suspended jail sentences and two $1000 fines for threatening a man, and intimidating a police officer, in Trundle on December 24, 2016.

Ms McGowan also fined him $1500 and disqualified him from driving for six months for mid-range drink driving the same night.

“You are irritating because you won’t do what you are told and you keep offending,” Ms Gowan said.

“You are walking an extremely narrow tightrope.”

According to police facts, Price breached his bail by drinking alcohol and visiting licensed premises in Trundle on December 24, 2016, where he threatened a man saying “you’re dead you dog, this isn’t over, I’ll be back”.

He was driving a black Holden ute when police stopped and arrested him that night and he was found to have a mid-range drink driving reading of 0.119.

Before arriving at the police station he threatened a police officer and yelled “you’re going to wake up dead one day”.

“Every dog has their day, see how tough you are when you’ve got a gun shoved in your face you blue coloured c…,” he said.

Price was given another suspended jail sentence for assaulting another police officer on August 11, 2016, when he was arrested for breaking a fence paling, for which he was fined $800.