A Sydney judge has told a Port Kembla serial thief seeking a reduction in his latest jail sentence that he deserved to spend more time behind bars, not less.
Lupco Ristevski was slapped with three minimum 12-month jail sentences (to be served concurrently) in Wollongong Local Court in May after pleading guilty to two charges of obtaining financial advantage by deception and one charge of stealing from a person.
Ristevski admitted to stealing a woman's purse from her handbag while she was shopping at Coles supermarket at Warrawong in March, before using her credit card to withdraw $1270.
At the time of sentencing, Magistrate Susan McGowan described Ristevski's 86-page criminal record as one of the largest she had seen, noting he had several convictions for dishonesty and fraud-related offences.
Ristevski appealed the local court sentence, claiming it was too severe.
Yesterday he told the District Court in Sydney that Ms McGowan had not given him any discount for his early guilty plea, saying he was arrested on May 13 and sentenced on May 14.
However, District Court Chief Judge Reg Blanch said Ms McGowan had the opportunity to sentence Ristevski to an overall six years' jail - a maximum of 24 months on each charge, served one after the other.
Judge Blanch said Ms McGowan's decision to impose 12-month sentences, and have them served at the same time, significantly benefited Ristevski.
He said given Ristevski's criminal history, he had deserved to spend more time behind bars, not less.
"[You] should have gotten a much longer sentence," he said.
"This matter should have been dealt with in the District Court where [you] could have gotten a longer sentence."
Judge Blanch dismissed Ristevski's appeal.