A MAN who trashed two Horsham houses and burgled a council yard has been jailed for at least a year.
Jamie Michael Mullins, 23, of Horsham, pleaded guilty in Horsham Magistrate's Court on Wednesday to charges including burglary, theft, criminal damage, having cultivated a drug of dependence and driving offences.
Magistrate Jack Vandersteen jailed Mullins for 29 months, with a non-parole period of 12 months.
He also convicted and fined Mullins $900 and ordered him to pay $52,750 compensation.
Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Michael Patterson told the court that Mullins was also known by the alias of Green.
He said Mullins broke into a McIntyre Street house between September 1 and 2, ransacked it of valuables including a wedding ring and laptop, and also extensively damaged the property. There was no-one home at the time.
"Mullins threw food including honey, eggs, flour and fish oil throughout the house and plugged bathroom sinks and two showers then turned the taps on, leaving water running through the house," Leading Sen Const Patterson said.
"The water filled the rear of the house, destroying carpets, tiles and floorboards.
"Mullins struck the ensuite walls with an unknown object with such force that the plaster was pushed through to the next room. He also smashed a framed photograph of the victims' son who had died."
Mullins caused about $15,000 damage to the property's structure and the goods he stole were worth about $4000.
Leading Sen Const Patterson told the court about Mullins' second burglary, also between September 1 and 2.
He said Mullins broke into a Valentine Avenue house which was being renovated.
No-one was home at the time.
"Mullins partially consumed the McWilliams Henwood Tawny Port bottle he had stolen from the McIntyre Street house and left it at the kitchen window of the Valentine Avenue property," Leading Sen Const Patterson said.
"Mullins opened paint drums inside the house and tipped paint onto the floor, covering the carpets in paint. He took a claw hammer and smashed holes into plaster walls in four rooms and an air-conditioner in a wall.
"Mullins threw a stereo speaker into a plaster wall, struck it with the hammer, destroying it and the stereo cabinet. He also took clothing from a bedroom and threw it into the paint that was spilt on the carpet."
Leading Sen Const Patterson said Mullins caused further damage to the house, including ripping a security door off its hinges.
Mullins caused $21,000 damage to the property and stole goods worth $1700.
Leading Sen Const Patterson said Mullins also broke into a Horsham Rural City Council yard in Selkirk Drive between August 17 and 18, stealing goods worth $850.