Magistrate David Day gave a repeat offender a chance to get rehabilitation and make an attempt at getting his life in order after the man came before him in Orange Local Court for driving a stolen car.
Matty McKellar, 21, of Springfield Place, was charged with driving a Kia Carnival station wagon after his DNA was found on the car’s steering wheel and gear stick.
The car had been parked at Namatjira Crescent at 1.20am on January 5 and was found by police at the intersection Garema Road and Leura Road at 8am that morning.
“He has a terrible record for stealing, stealing cars,” Mr Day said.
MAP: Where police found the stolen car ...
He said similar offences had resulted in McKellar being sentenced to jail, including in April this year when he served three months without parole.
On Wednesday, he gave McKellar a two-year supervised intensive correction order for driving the stolen car.
“Although he deserves to go to jail, the problem is that Mr McKellar doesn’t get long enough periods of parole to determine that he had been rehabilitated into society,” Mr Day said.
“He needs some chance at breaking his recidivism, I will give him that chance.
“He will be supervised for two years and there will be a need for him to undergo rehabilitation and treatment [for drugs and alcohol].
“If he offends in the subject period he doesn’t get to come back to court, he gets to introduce himself to the state parole authority.”
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