A GRANDFATHER who survived a savage beating says he feels let down by the courts for failing to jail his attacker.
Ian (not his real name) fears nothing will stop Melbourne man Stuart Robertson from attacking him again.
He spoke out yesterday over the shock he felt at the suspended sentence handed down to Robertson, 30, in Albury Local Court on Monday for the October 27 bashing at an Albury home.
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Magistrate Megan Greenwood gave Robertson a 12-month suspended jail sentence after the McKinnon man pleaded guilty to recklessly causing grievous bodily harm.
Robertson bit a five centimetre by one centimetre chunk out of his victim’s right ear during the beating.
Ian, 66, was stunned at the sentence.
He learnt about it yesterday “through the grapevine” as he did not wish to be in court when Robertson heard his fate.
Ian intends speaking to police handling his case about his legal options.
“The police indicated grievous bodily harm could involve a sentence of anywhere up to 10 years’ imprisonment,” he said.
“The sentence makes no sense and it’s just a slap on the wrist.”
Ian had hoped for an immediate stint behind bars for Robertson, or at the very least a far longer period of suspension.
The court heard how Robertson — related to Ian through marriage — visited the David Street house about 8pm after travelling from Melbourne with family.
Ian then arrived home and during a short conversation asked Robertson: “Would you like to have kids one day?”
That enraged Robertson, who punched Ian to the face, causing him to fall to the floor.
Robertson kicked him to the head, chest, back and legs as Ian lay on the floor.
Then he leant over him and bit him on the neck before biting off part of his ear lobe.
Robertson left the room briefly before returning to kick Ian another five or six times.
Ian suspected his attacker — trained in kick-boxing — was “high on drugs and/or alcohol”.
“He nearly killed me — he said he was going to kill me,” Ian, pictured, said.
“I took a hell of a beating with punches and kicks.
“And then when he latched on to my ear — that was excruciating.”
Ian had surgery but will be permanently disfigured after losing the middle third of his ear.
“He threatened my family, my daughter and my grandkids, and he said ‘I’m going to get you’,” he said.
“What satisfaction is the court giving me that what he said he was going to do he won’t carry out at some stage in the future?”