Six month in jail for ice fuelled one-man crime wave

A PORTLAND ice addict who launched a one-man crime wave to maintainhis habit has been jailed for six months.

Ricky Short, 29, who also uses the first name Jonathonand the surnames Taylor and Metcalf, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to trafficking cannabis for goodsamong 28 offences, mostly for dishonesty.

He has now spent his son’s first birthday in custody during the last 25 days in custody.

Short’sown mother was a drug addict which led to an abusive childhood.He started using cannabis and amphetamines daily whenaged just13 years old.

In April last year Short hireda car under a false name, clocked up speed camera fines in Melbourne despite being restricted to driving 200 kilometres and dropped the car backdays later than arranged.

He was unlicensed and told police he used a false name and address becausehe wanted a clean start after moving from South Australia.

At the same time he was stealingalcohol valued at $158 and $27 worth of meat from a supermarket.

In September last year police tried to arrest Short on outstandingwarrantsbut he fled, was chased and eventually arrested.

In November he stole a phone repair kit from an electricalstore in Portland’s Percy Street valued at $39.95 after putting it down his pants.

In January this year he was pulled over by police after being seen in Henty Street and dropped a bag containing ice.

Days later he was at Warrnambool Cash Converters cashing in stolen power tools.

He also failed to pay bills at accommodation houses.

On January 17 he was camping at the Narrawong CaravanParkto avoid police when he was involved indamaged a laundry.

He was swapping cannabis for goods, including a bracelet,and police were called.

Shortfled when officers arrived and was chased over fences in paddocksbefore eventuallybeing arrested.

All the offences were committed while Short was on bail and there were five warrants out for his arrest when he failed to appear in court.

Defence counsel Rebecca Digney said her client left South Australia to start a new life in Portland but that hadn’t worked out mainly due to a raging ice addiction.

He was previously jailedfor serious crimes and sentenced to serve three years and five months for just one lot of offending.

Short’srecent stint in custody has led to him reconnecting with former South Australian associates and he’s nowworried about his short-term health.

Magistrate Peter Mellas said that in the early part of this year Short was committing offences on top of offences to maintain a drug habit.

He said the defendant’sdrugtrafficking only encouraged other offending such as handling stolen goods and dealing in the proceeds of crime, as well as general lawlessness.

Mr Mellas said Short needed to pay a penalty, have time in custody to reflect and consider that offending was just not worth it.

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