A MAN who bashed another man at a Warrnambool hotel has been given his last chance to stay out of jail.
Dion Morgan, 38, of Davis Street, Warrnambool, last week pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to recklessly causing injury.
The court heard that Morgan and the victim were at the Seanchai at 11.30pm on March 31 this year.
At 11.45pm, Morgan approached the man from behind and squeezed his throat.
He then used a closed right fist and punched the victim to the side of his face.
Morgan was removed from the hotel by security guards and the victim suffered red marks and a cut on his face.
When interviewed by police, Morgan made full admissions and said the victim knew why it happened.
The court heard Morgan had a number of prior convictions for acts of violence going back a decade.
His defence counsel said the incident related to Morgan’s mother, who was a respected elder in the community.
She said the victim had been harassing Morgan’s mother on Facebook and Morgan had been suffering from severe depression and anxiety following the breakdown of a relationship.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said he accepted there was some bone of contention between Morgan and the victim, however Morgan was not entitled to use physical force to address that.
He said Morgan could have found himself on the end of a beating or the victim could have been seriously injured.
Mr Klestadt said Morgan had a history of using violence when it suited him.
He said Morgan was not the police, he was not a vigilante and he was not entitled to impose his world view on others.
“Today is your last chance to stay out of jail,” he said.
Morgan was sentenced to six months’ jail suspended for two years and prohibited from entering the Warrnambool CBD from 10pm to 6am for 12 months.