A MAN arrested on the day his first child was born is funding his “horrible” ice habit through dishonesty offences.
Guiseppe Gugliandolo, 25, appeared before the Wodonga Magistrates Court on Thursday following his arrest on November 28.
He wiped away tears as the court heard his child had been born prematurely with heart problems the day he was taken into custody.
The 25-year-old was arrested by detectives in a lane off Emerald Avenue, while hiding in bushes.
The court heard he had been riding a stolen KTM motorbike before the arrest, and was found with syringes, an ice pipe, empty drug bags and prescription medication.
He was allegedly involved in a string of other offences, including a car crash on the Murray Valley Highway on January 14, 2016, while on ice, in an unregistered vehicle while unlicensed.
A BMW was stolen from a Lavington home in October 2015, while the victim was on holiday, with about $7000 in jewellery also taken.
Gugliandolo was seen driving past police on the Murray Valley Highway in Tallangatta the following month, and the car was later torched.
He had also been invited into a woman's home and slept on the couch.
Her son noticed a Nintendo 3DS was missing the following morning, along with a car and laptop.
The vehicle was later found at Holbrook.
“He's funding a horrible habit with dishonesty offences,” Magistrate David Faram said.
Lawyer Jonathan Rattray said “it appears that he's had a complicated past, which I'm sure has not been any less complicated by his use of illicit substances".
The 25-year-old has not entered pleas and will return to court on April 3.