A rugby-loving Albury man who attacked his now-jailed ex-mate has been warned he could end up behind bars if he doesn’t stop such violence.
Aaron Lee Morris has already gotten a taste of life in the clink after a brief time in custody before his sentencing for repeatedly punching the victim outside a Dean Street restaurant.
Magistrate Imad Abdul-Karim impressed on Morris the need for him to change his ways, suggesting that even focusing more on his sport could help him switch paths.
“The victim assaulted my client shortly before (though) not the same day,” solicitor Graham Lamond said.
Mr Lamond said the victim, wearing a neck brace for a suspected broken neck, was now in jail for perjury. Brett William Dyball has since appealed his six-month term.
Mr Abdul-Karim said Morris, 34, had “not a very good record, especially for matters of violence”.
Often it was too easy for people to engage in a dispute “and take the law into their own hands”.
“That should be discouraged.”
Police said issues developed between them after Morris failed to repay a loan.
Morris and a friend, who just days ago pleaded guilty in court to drug supply matters, went to the Albury police station on June 20 about 8.30am over a separate matter.
After leaving the station they headed down Dean Street, where Morris saw Dyball.
“The accused approached the victim and grabbed hold of the victim’s neck brace while he proceeded to punch the victim several times to the head area,” police said.
Dyball fell to the ground, but that didn’t stop Morris’s attack.
Morris, who pleaded guilty to assault and fail to appear on bail, will be sentenced on November 13.
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