Man told to prove he has turned his life around or face jail

A GOODNA man has been given a three month reprieve to prove to a court he is serious about his claims of getting his life back on track.

But he has been told if he is not serious then he would more than likely be heading to jail at his next court date.

Deng Kuchmol Kon, 21, fronted Ipswich District Court on Tuesday after being charged with breaching a two-year probation order imposed on him in May, 2015 in the same court.

The court heard he received the sentence after for assaulting a man with a shovel and wilful damage.

Crown prosecutor Ryder Reid told the court less than three months after receiving the probation order he was sentenced for three offences he had earlier committed at an out-of-control party where police were forced to use capsicum spray during his arrest.

He said those offences occurred in April 2015 - but were still relevant despite not having occurred during the probation period.

"He was later charged with other unrelated offences which triggered these proceedings," he said.

"He was subsequently jailed for two months and was released on parole last month.

"He is also facing drug charges in the Ipswich Magistrates Court after a police search of his house uncovered 20g of cannabis."

Ms Ryder said also had failed to report to probation and parole on seven occasions therefore breaching last year's order.

He said Kon had taken a cavalier approach to the order and probation and parole had since deemed him unsuitable for further community-based orders.

Defence barrister Dominic Nguyen said Kon had shown signs of rehabilitation since being released from jail last month.

But he conceded there was still along way to go.

"He says during this time last year he was in a volatile relationship with a person who is now his former partner," he said.

"It is no excuse but it gives the court an insight into his behaviour."

Judge Sarah Bradley said she was willing to give Kon three months to prove he was getting his life back on track before sentencing him for breaching the two-year probation order she imposed on him last year.

She said she wanted to see concrete evidence of Kon undergoing counselling for drug, alcohol and anger management issues.

Judge Bradley also noted Kon had been unemployed and receiving government benefits for more than a year.

She told Kon the ball was in his court and if he was not serious about his claims of wanting to get his life back on track, and she saw no evidence of him doing so at his next court appearance, then it was likely he would be sent to jail.

Judge Bradley adjourned the matter until June 23.


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