A MAN who attacked a furniture rental business owner with a cricket bat when he came to sort out an outstanding bill has been sentenced to 3½ years’ prison.
Justin Button, 30, will have to serve 20 months of the sentence before he is eligible for parole after leaving the victim with serious facial injuries in the attack.
Button last week pleaded guilty to intentionally causing serious injury to the business owner.
The owner had gone to Button’s home about 9pm in January last year to try to reclaim furniture.
The County Court sitting in Mildura heard the dispute between the man and Button came to a head on January 10 last year, after Button fell behind in payments in late 2015.
The man, along with his debt collector, went to Button’s Merbein home about 1.30pm, but failed to resolve the issues.
About 8pm they exchanged text messages and “regrettably” the man and his debt collector decided to go back to Button’s home about 9pm.
When the man got out of the car he was attacked by two other, unknown, men.
Button then appeared and hit the owner to the head with a cricket bat, causing him to fall to the ground.
He was then struck several more times to the face before the man’s “debt collector” was able to drag him back into the car and drive him to hospital.
The man underwent several reconstructive surgeries and suffered vision problems.
Defence counsel Oliver Cain said Button had been exposed to family violence as a child and his schooling was “unsuccessful”.
The court heard he had abused drugs in the past but now only used cannabis.
Judge Michael Bourke said it was serious offending, but noted it was unfortunate the owner had gone to Button’s home at 9pm.
He said while he accepted Button might have felt threatened, his response was disproportionate.
Judge Bourke noted the assault had a considerable impact on the owner and his family.
He sentenced Button to 3½ years’ prison with a non-parole period of 20 months.
He said if not for Button’s plea of guilty, he would have sentenced him to six years, with a minimum of 3½ years’ prison.
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