‘You’re skating on thin ice’: magistrate’s warning as he grants bail | The mail

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A community corrections officer helped police identify a man in CCTV footage who had fled from a gas station in a stolen car without paying for fuel. The owner of the stolen car was at home the night before when he found his back door unlocked, his wallet and car keys missing on the kitchen table and his car stuck in the front driveway. The man caught on CCTV driving the stolen car, Cody Renouf, was arrested on April 8, 2022 after other alleged offenses and filed a bail application in Ballarat Magistrates’ Court on Friday. The court heard the 24-year-old allegedly tried to pay for fuel on September 4, 2021 with different bank cards which were all declined and he said he had to go to the car to try another card before flee. Renouf was arrested in April on three outstanding warrants after he was seen as a passenger in a car with fake license plates. Police prosecutor Senior Constable Ben Jones said Renouf tried to flee from police by jumping onto the roof of a nearby bottle shop before police caught him after he jumped and kept running. The court heard police search the car and allegedly found mail in other people’s names, a driver’s license and cards in other people’s names, two car keys, $5,000 in bills and methamphetamine. The car also contained stealing equipment such as scissors, box cutter, torches, gloves, hammer, crowbar and screwdriver. Defense attorney Robyn Greensill said Renouf could benefit from the support of a bail program if he was released on bail and had done well on the program in the past. “He’s a young man who’s had a tough journey,” she said. “He’s only 24 now, he’s still a very young offender but he’s a person who is able to rehabilitate and wants to rehabilitate.” He hasn’t used drugs for some time now. I hope Your Honor will give him the opportunity to get out of his Integrated Court Services Program (ICSP) and back to his CCO (Community Correction Order). “In my opinion, the community would be much better off if that were the case rather than having it stored in custody.” Chief Constable Jones said Renouf had 24 pages of criminal history and the court could not be sure he would not reoffend while out on bail, as he had in the past. Magistrate Mark Stratmann said the alleged offense was serious and that Renouf had already served jail time. “For me, it’s really a line ball,” he said. “Mr. Renouf has a very unsatisfactory criminal record. What is in his favor against that is the report I read from the CISP that his compliance in the past had been satisfactory.” Mr Stratmann said he would issue bond with strict conditions for Renouf. “You’re skating on thin ice, don’t break it up,” he said. If you see this message, you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Courier, as we have made this story available only to subscribers. Thank you so much for your support and for allowing us to continue to tell Ballarat’s story. We appreciate your support for journalism in our great city.


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