30 March 2023

Leeton man receives nine months of intensive correction for assaulting a teenager with a shovel

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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A Leeton man has been found guilty of assault. Photo: Oliver Jacques.

Leeton man Brett Deaton has been sentenced to nine months of intensive correction in the community and fined $1000 for assaulting a teenager with a shovel.

Deaton faced Griffith Local Court on Wednesday (30 March), where he pleaded guilty to common assault, being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence and driving dangerously.

The assault occurred in January after an 18-year-old man was riding an allegedly unregistered motorbike through Leeton.

Police stated previously that on the day of the incident, a number of motorists followed the rider before his motorbike and a vehicle collided on Wamoon Avenue.

Several members of the public, including the driver, approached the rider before one man approached the rider from behind and struck him in the head with a shovel, causing him to fall to the ground.

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The rider was wearing a helmet and was not seriously injured.

Officers attached to Murrumbidgee Police District were notified and commenced an investigation.

Following inquiries, 42-year-old Deaton attended Leeton Police Station, where he was charged with one count of common assault.

A video of the assault also emerged on social media following the incident, which can be seen on YouTube.

The video shows the moment Deaton hits the teenager with a shovel. Photo: Screenshot.

Magistrate Trevor Khan sentenced Deaton to nine months’ imprisonment, starting 30 March, with the term to be served by way of intensive correction in the community.

Under the terms of Deaton’s correction order, he is not to leave home between the hours of 9 pm and 5 am for a period of three months from 30 March and he is to report to the Community Corrections in Griffith within 48 hours.

For the driving offence Deaton was found guilty, but without proceeding to conviction, was sentenced to a conditional release order for a period of nine months to commence on 30 March.

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