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Anthony Hayden will do community work after pleading guilty in court.A MORTLAKE district man with a history of driving offencesand mental health issues has been ordered to completemore community work at the Ellerslie cemetery.

Anthony Henry Heyden, 56, of Reichmans Lane, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to assaulting police, offensive behaviour, making a threat to kill, causing criminal damage, failing to answer bail and two counts of driving while disqualified.

He was convicted, fined $800 and ordered to complete 120 hours of community work.

Magistrate Ann McGarvie said it would be a long time before Heydencould get his licence back due to his past offending. She said afine and community work were appropriate penalties.

Police told the court that officers stopped Heydenwas pulled over in Webster Road in October.

He was driving while his licence was cancelled.

His vehicle was also impounded,which attracted fees of $1400.

Heydenabused police and asked themto draw their guns before he was subdued with a dose of capsicum spray.

In May last year he threatened a doctor.

During December police and a witness again sawHeydendriving in Mortlake while banned.

He damaged a police cell after being arrested and also failed to appear in court.

Heydenis serving a prison term but is due for release soon.

Defence counsel Don Norris said his client had suffered from mental health issues for many years but he was treatment resistant.

He said Heyden’scondition was mostly passive.

Mr Norris said Heyden could not receive treatment in the Thomas Embling mental health facility during his two months in custodybecause he did not identify as a person who needed treatment.

Heyden has been a regular in court during the past few years for driving offences which often triggeroutbursts when police question him.

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