Multiple offender in a bid to reform

A LOW Head man who went on a crime spree in the Launceston area wants to move to the city when he gets out of jail, a court has heard.

Father-of-two Nathan John Cosgrove, 25, was sentenced in the Launceston Magistrates Court yesterday for 32 offences across 23 files.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to crimes including burglary, having dishonestly acquired a financial advantage, possession of ammunition while unlicensed, five counts of stealing, two counts of trespass, two counts of unlawful possession of property, and various drug, breach and driving offences.

Most of the crimes occurred between August 2012 and September 2013.

Magistrate Simon Brown jailed Cosgrove yesterday for 14 months, with a non-parole period of 10 months.

He noted that Cosgrove had had a long-term drug addiction and continued to offend until he was detained.

"When released you want to move to Launceston to be near your family to break away from your old associates," Mr Brown said, referring to a pre-sentence report.

"You have expressed a wish to reform.

"Your record is a pretty bad one; a very bad one."

Mr Brown said Cosgrove's many prior convictions included violent offending.

Cosgrove's crime spree included shoplifting meat from a supermarket, possession of a tablet computer believed to be stolen, the theft of a CCTV camera which he then sold to Cash Converters for $36 or $37, possession of stolen DVDs, shoplifting from Tamar Marine and Coles, and breaking into the Launceston LINC and stealing $500 cash.

Cosgrove must complete an 18-month probation order upon release.

He was also disqualified from driving for six months upon release.

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