A 19-year-old Nowra man was sentenced to seven months’ jail over an assault in the Woolworths Supermarket in Stockland Nowra in July, in which the male victim was repeatedy kicked while on the ground.
Joshua Masling, of Mackay Street, Nowra pleaded guilty to common assault and was convicted in Nowra Local Court on Monday.
Magistrate Dr Gabrielle Fleming sentenced him to seven months jail with a non-parole period of three months and ordered him to pay $140 in compensation.
Masling, who was in custody over another matter, appeared via video link.
In evidence tendered to the court, it was alleged that Masling and a co-accused found the victim, who had previously lived with the pair, in an aisle of the supermarket.
The police statement said the victim had a violent confrontation with the co-accused in December last year and had been the victim of numerous verbal threats and taunts over the following six months.
It all came to a head shortly after midday on July 4, when the victim was found shopping along by Masling and the co-accused.
A co-accused allegedly punched the victim in the face a number of times.
The victim escaped and ran towards another section of the store.
Police said Masling chased the victim and grabbed him in a number of headlocks.
The victim again escaped but was tripped by Masling.
The police report said the victim curled into a ball before being kicked four times in the left arm by the accused.
A bystander intervened, stopping the attack before the pair left the store.
The victim was taken to Shoalhaven Hospital and treated for an injury to his left eye.
Police said Masling bragged about the incident to the victim’s brother.
In his pre-sentence report Masling claimed to have defiance disorder, which “caused him to explode”.