A thug who dragged his ex-girlfriend from a nail salon then bashed her in public doesn’t need to spend more than two hours behind bars, a judge has ruled.
Elias Radi dragged his unsuspecting victim onto the street, slammed her against a wall, put her in a headlock, and repeatedly punched her in the face, causing her to bleed.
But despite a domestic violence epidemic gripping the country, the 23-year-old successfully appealed a one month jail term and will complete 150 hours of unpaid community work as punishment instead.
Radi’s former partner was having her nails done at a Coburg salon on Remembrance Day last year when the 23-year-old burst in and confronted her following the breakdown of their three-year relationship.
They had been separated for two months but Radi couldn’t cope.
Radi dragged his former partner from the Sydney Rd salon and argued with her on the busy street before she managed to break free and return to have her nails done.
An angry Radi again confronted her in the salon, demanded to see her mobile phone, then smashed it to bits when he couldn’t work out the password.
He then dragged her outside and savagely assaulted her in public.
“I’m going to break your nose,” he told her.
Radi pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful assault and intentionally causing damage, and was jailed in May for a month, with Magistrate Peter Dunn ordering he complete an 18 month community corrections order when released from prison.
He appealed immediately and spent just two hours in custody before being released on appeal bail.
Despite slamming his conduct as appalling, County Court judge Susan Cohen today dropped the prison term entirely, convicting Radi and sentencing him to an 18 month community corrections order.
During that time he must complete 150 hours of unpaid community work, be subject to supervision and undergo treatment and rehabilitation for drug use.
He is also banned from leaving Victoria without permission.
Judge Cohen said his youth, and lack of any prior criminal history, were significant factors in her decision.
“I’m prepared to give you ... the chance to show you can rehabilitate.
“Incidents of this type cannot be condoned by the courts,” she said.
This post is copied from an article written by Shannon Deery and posted here.