Canberra burglar told to grow up, sentenced to jail

Posted October 09, 2017 13:17:04

A convicted burglar has been told it is time to grow up after being sentenced to four years’ jail for offences committed in Canberra two decades ago.

Jason McMahon, 41, was sentenced in the ACT Supreme Court this morning, after failing to comply with a deferred sentence that required him to attend drug rehabilitation.

Justice Richard Refshauge told the court one of the victims was a 92-year-old woman who was at home when McMahon and another man stole her handbag.

Justice Refshauge told McMahon he had let him down by failing to meet the conditions of his deferred sentence.

“I am disappointed. I have given you opportunities,” he said.

“You need to pay for that. I am not able at this time to give you a further opportunity.”

Justice Refshauge also told the court McMahon had not been brought to justice earlier because he committed offences interstate and had served long terms in jail for those.

He said McMahon had been remorseful, but his insight and remorse had not translated into stopping offending.

“You’ve got to finally at 41 grow up,” he said.

He sentenced McMahon to four years jail, but has set a release date in December after time already served.

“You will be able to spend this Christmas with your partner,” Justice Refshauge said.

McMahon will have to serve a three year good behaviour order, with compulsory drug rehabilitation.

Topics: courts-and-trials, law-crime-and-justice, canberra-2600, act, australia