A Summerhill man who punched a man after misguidedly acting in defence of his girlfriend was sentenced in the Launceston Magistrates Court to eight weeks' jail.
Jonathon Paul Moore, 30, was intoxicated after celebrating his birthday when he punched Graeme Leslie Jarman on April 14, 2019.
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Magistrate Ken Stanton took into account Moore's prior offences for assault when sentencing.
The court heard that in 2017 Moore had been the beneficiary of a four-month suspended sentence after assaulting a then partner by spitting in her face, then spraying liquid cleaner in her face and then by striking her to the back with his right elbow.
Defence counsel Grant Tucker said that in the latest incident Moore had believed his girlfriend had been pushed by the complainant before remonstrating with him and punching him.
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The complainant required stitches as a result of the incident.
He said Moore conceded later that she was not pushed after watching CCTV footage.
Moore's previous convictions included stealing a fire extinguisher from Chickenfeed and spraying pedestrians and using some joke handcuffs and pretending to arrest someone.
Mr Tucker submitted to Mr Stanton that it would be unjust to activate the four months suspended sentence.
However, Mr Stanton activated two months of the suspended sentence.
He also sentenced him to six weeks jail on the latest offence and ordered that it be served concurrently with the activated suspended sentence.