A North Albury man who on-sold a stolen car has been recognised in court as a rare case of someone conquering an ice-addiction to embark on a crime-free life.
Magistrate Richard Funston urged Nathan Scott Crisfield to not go back to his old ways.
"Really, the court is sometimes able to celebrate a case," he said.
"And this is one such occasion. All the court can really say is keep on doing what you're doing."
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Defence lawyer Graham Lamond has told Albury Local Court that Crisfield's offending in this case had to be seen in the context of a significant methamphetamine addiction in 2017 and 2018.
Mr Lamond said Crisfield, 29, had "acknowledged his ice addiction" and managed to successfully overcome the problem.
"He's very frustrated that he's still getting grief from that period of time in his life. These are matters that are still catching up with him."
Crisfield pleaded guilty to recklessly deal with proceeds of crime.
Police said Crisfield was "co-operative and compliant" after his arrest "at all times and made full and frank admissions to the offence".
The court was told Crisfield took possession of a Holden Calais, which once had NSW registration, on "an unknown date".
The car was stolen during an aggravated break-in around December of 2017.
Crisfield stored the car at a Lavington transport depot, then the vehicle came under the notice of one of the company's drivers after being parked in the yard for "an extended period of time".
The other driver asked the business owner if he could buy the car, so the latter contacted Crisfield to negotiate a price.
The driver agreed, in September last year, to pay the business owner $500 for the car, which at the time had an estimated value of between $5500 and $7400.
The business owner then agreed to pay $400 to Crisfield, but because Crisfield already owed him money for a damaged ladder the payment was wavered.
The other driver discovered the car was stolen on doing a background check and so called police.
Crisfield was placed on a six-month community corrections order.