The 21-year-old man who bashed former Kangaroos captain Jack Ziebell simply hours after his ultimate match has averted jail over the “vile” attack.
The retired North Melbourne star had been celebrating the tip of his 14 years tenure on the AFL membership when he was set upon outdoors the Osborne Rooftop & Bar about 1am on August 20 final 12 months.
He had gone outdoors to verify on a “good friend” after listening to about an earlier confrontation involving teammates Charlie Comben and Curtis Taylor.
CCTV footage captured the second the 32-year-old was shoved right into a wall earlier than he was struck “with such pressure” that Mr Ziebell was knocked to the bottom.
His assailant, Ibrahim Behluli, returned earlier than the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Thursday after pleading responsible to committing affray by behaving in a riotous method and deliberately inflicting damage.
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Leaving court, he lined himself with a $2000 Moncler puffer jacket in an try and keep away from the ready cameras.
The court was advised Mr Ziebell and his spouse had written statements outlining the consequences of the attack, however didn’t need them learn in open court.
Prosecutors had argued Behluli must be jailed for the attack, with Mr Ziebell caught unaware and in a “very susceptible” place.
“However his youth … The offending is just too critical for something aside from imprisonment,” a prosecutor stated.
However barrister Anthony Malkoun argued the younger man had saved the court time and owned as much as his behaviour, suggesting a effective was applicable.
He advised the court there was some disagreement about how the altercation began however his client had handed himself within the day after the incident.
“There are some secure and strong inferences about him going through the matter and turning himself in,” Mr Malkoun stated.
“The plea allowed them to get on with their lives somewhat than ready round for the method.”
Fining Behluli $25,000 with a conviction, Justice of the Peace David Starvaggi acknowledged the “profound results” on Mr Ziebell and his household.
“Your conduct was nothing in need of reprehensible,” he stated.
“You acted in a vile, repugnant and totally silly method. Should you have interaction on this kind of conduct once more sooner or later, for my part, in need of a miracle, you may be jailed for a considerable period of time.
“Make no mistake you didn’t get away with something.”
The younger man merely responded with; “sure, Your Honour”.
Behluli, who was carrying a purple and orange “flamed prime” on the night time, approached Mr Ziebell as he was on the cellphone earlier than launching into the attack.
The 280-game veteran was taken to hospital with a damaged nostril and cuts to his lip.
In a abstract of the offending, the court was advised Behluli, alongside mates Masihullah Rawani, 27, and Abdul Karim, 29, attended the South Yarra venue lower than an hour earlier than the violence broke out.
An altercation broke out shortly earlier than 1am between Behluli and Mr Comben after an argument.
Mr Taylor, had intervened to drag Behluli off Mr Comben, who had been struck six occasions to the again of the neck after he was pushed onto a bench seat.
Safety then ejected the three males from the venue.
Final week, Rawani was convicted and handed an $1800 effective after pleading responsible to a cost of behaving in a riotous method in a public place.
Karim had his expenses dismissed throughout a court listening to earlier this month, court information point out.
Outdoors court, Behluli declined to touch upon the case.