Two men involved in a violent and unexpected home invasion in Burnie in 2017 have been jailed.
Last month, Simon John Dennison and David Allan Williams were found guilty by a jury in the Supreme Court in Burnie of aggravated burglary and charges of assault.
They were both charged with three counts of assault, however the jury found Dennison guilty of two of those charges and Williams just one.
They also both pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawfully injuring property.
During the trial, the jury heard the men arrived at the home of Christopher Green with an axe and a blowtorch, and assaulted the man and his 14-year-old son.
This was a violent and unexpected invasion of their home.Justice Michael Brett
"You both went to Mr Green's unit with the intention of assaulting him," Justice Michael Brett said to Dennison and Williams during sentencing, adding that they were drunk at the time.
"You had been told that he had been involved in the assault of a 12-year-old female friend earlier in the day.
"That assault had been perpetrated by a young female who was living with Mr Green at the time. I am not exactly sure what you believed as to his involvement in that assault, but in any event your actions were rash and not well thought out.
"You were reacting to what you had been told, and seeking retribution."
Giving evidence during the trial, Mr Green told the jury he had attempted to defend himself with various household items including a pool cue and didgeridoo.
"This was a violent and unexpected invasion of their home, which involved an attack on both people, and the property itself," Justice Brett said.
"It happened at night and there was potential for the attack to widen and result in even more violence."
The judge said both victims suffered "relatively minor" physical injuries during the attack, but further suffered significant distress.
"They, and the other occupants of the apartment also found these events distressing, and have taken some time to get over that distress."
The judge told the court both men had a lengthy prior criminal history, and said Williams had only just been released from prison when he committed these crimes.
Justice Brett said such "violent and lawless behaviour of this nature", particularly for purposes of "revenge or retribution", must be condemned.
Dennison was jailed for 18 months, and Williams 14 months, and the judge ordered they be eligible for parole after serving half their terms.