A man who caused Victoria Police more than $34000 worth of damage when he ram-raided the Tatura Police Station has avoided being sent to prison.
Brett Ivermee, 54, of Tatura, was sentenced in Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday to a charge of criminal damage stemming from the March 2016 incident.
Magistrate Peter Mithen sentenced Ivermee to a 15-month community corrections order and 150 hours of community service, after Ivermee pleaded guilty in a previous court appearance, in May this year.
Ivermee turned himself in to police earlier this year, months after he was initially questioned by police.
In an earlier court appearance, defence lawyer Emma King said her client had a number of mental health and alcohol problems, as well as issues with anger and an acquired brain injury.
The court had heard that in the time leading up to the ram raid Ivermee drank excessively and was having problems with money.
Mr Mithen said there might be some in the community who would be angered at Ivermee’s sentence.
‘‘I’m prepared to accept that criticism if this order helps you (Ivermee) contain your alcohol problem,’’ Mr Mithen said.
‘‘This is a chance for you to do something about it.’’
Mr Mithen told Ivermee it was fortunate no police officers were injured in the police station during the ram raid.
‘‘You wouldn’t have even known if anyone was in that building or not with the state you were in,’’ the magistrate said.
The magistrate was satisfied that Ivermee had stabilised since the time of the offence last year, and there would be enough support in the community to help with his rehabilitation.
As part of the community corrections order, Ivermee must receive treatment for his problems with alcohol.