A man facing a string of criminal damage and trespass charges — including watching someone sleep from their porch — has landed himself 18 months behind bars. Police prosecutor Sgt Darren Clifton on Thursday told Bunbury Magistrate’s Court that in October 2019 Joshua Varga broke into Mission Australia Geraldton, where he tried but failed to open a safe. In November, a woman was asleep with her children at her Geraldton home when she woke to hear muttering. She screamed once she realised Varga was on her porch, where police claimed Varga said he was “watching her sleep”. Varga represented himself when he appeared via video link from Hakea Prison and had previously pleaded guilty to 15 charges including stealing a motor vehicle and five counts of criminal damage. Varga said he was not watching the woman sleep, but was hiding. “I was walking to a friend’s house ... people were throwing rocks at me ... I didn’t feel safe,” he said. “I told them (the family) I was trying to hide and distance myself from the people following me.” Varga repeatedly told the court his acts were not violent offences. He declined to undertake a psychiatric examination as was suggested in his pre-sentence report. Magistrate Belinda Coleman said while she appreciated nothing was stolen from Mission Australia and accepted he did not display violence, Varga appeared to lack insight about the impact his behaviour had on others. “Each of these offences has a negative impact on society,” Ms Coleman said. Varga was at large for two periods, in 2019 when he failed to appear at Geraldton Magistrate’s Court in December before being arrested again in March. He then failed to appear again at Busselton Magistrate’s Court in March and was at large for six months before being arrested on September 17. Varga received a sentence of 18 months backdated to his arrest date, plus several smaller sentences to be served concurrently, and was fined more than $3000.