20 January 2023

Serial crim who kicked door in during burglary told he is 'getting too old for this'

| Albert McKnight
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Gavin Massey, 40, has been jailed again for several offences. Photo: Facebook.

A serial criminal who kicked a door into a home during a burglary has been told he has reached an age at which he is “getting too old for this”.

Gavin Massey broke into the home in July 2022 before driving a car that was stolen from the address while he had drugs in his system, the ACT Magistrates Court heard at his sentencing on Wednesday (18 January).

“I hope you make the most of the opportunity, you seem to be reaching an age where you’re getting too old for this,” Magistrate James Lawton told the 40-year-old when saying he could be released from jail this March.

The prosecutor had said Massey had a “vast history of like offending”, including eight convictions for burglary which meant he “has not been able to learn from his past convictions”.

For instance, he was sentenced for stealing a car and taking it to a McDonald’s drive-through almost to the day last January.

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Massey’s lawyer, Thomas Tiffen, admitted the fresh offending was a serious course of conduct, but also said there was no evidence the manner of his driving had caused a danger to the community while the car was also almost certainly returned undamaged.

He said his client had returned five clean drug test samples while in custody, which was the longest time he had been free of drugs since he started using.

He also said Massey had experienced depravation and disadvantage when he was younger.

“It can often be a long road back for people with this sort of start in life,” Mr Tiffen said.

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Massey, who has already spent almost six months in custody, pleaded guilty to and was convicted on charges of burglary, driving a car without consent, drug driving and unlicensed driving.

Magistrate Lawton sentenced him to 14 months’ jail with an eight-month non-parole period that means he can be released in March 2023. He was also disqualified from driving for three years.

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