Man escapes prison sentence after assault

A SALE man has been sentenced to a two-year community corrections order after pleading guilty to recklessly causing injury.

The 23-year-old was one of three people who assaulted a man in the Sale Courthouse carpark on July 6, 2016.

The defence noted the victim had allegedly committed an aggravated burglary which targeted the home of one of the men, and they had sought “retribution”.

The victim was sleeping in his car at the time, when the three men got in and began punching him.

The victim lost consciousness and was taken to hospital with multiple lacerations to his face and head.

The two co-accused have already received two-year community corrections orders, but the 23-year-old was already under a community corrections order from the County Court for unrelated matters.

Magistrate Lou Hill said it was “extraordinary” he had committed an offence while under a community corrections order, and the only thing preventing prison time was “parity” with the co-accused.

“You understand ... I’m very close to sentencing you to prison for this offence —  you could have been up for manslaughter,” he warned.

Charlton-Smith will have to comply with an additional two year community corrections order, with 200 hours of community service, and will face the County Court for breaching the previous order.

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