Footballer dodges jail term

Written By miftah nugraha on Rabu, 24 April 2013 | 19.55

A FORMER Tassie Devils footballer has avoided a jail term for breaching a suspended sentence.

Sean Patrick Salter, 30, appeared in the Supreme Court in Hobart today.

Crown Prosecutor Heather Mannering said Salter had been sentenced to a nine-month jail term in July last year for assault.

The sentence was suspended on the condition he be of good behaviour for three years.

But she said Salter was caught drink driving on October 4 last year, recording a reading of 0.122.

Defence lawyer Craig Rainbird said that on the night of the offence, his client had just found out his partner had been unfaithful to him and had had a few drinks with friend who were consoling him.

He said that Salter was now in a new relationship, was in full time employment and was working to pay off some debts incurred when he was self-employed.

Sending him to jail would cost him his job and bankrupt him, Mr Rainbird told the court.

Justice Helen Wood said the drink driving offence was an error of judgement on Salter's part and it would be both unjust and not in the community's interests to send him to prison.

She said she would not make an order to activate the suspended sentence.

Salter pleaded guilty to a "vicious and cowardly" assault on a man being restrained by bouncers on the Hobart waterfront in November 2011.

His sentencing hearing was told he kicked the man with considerable force, causing him to suffer a fractured skull, eye socket and nose in the attack.

Salter, who plays full forward for Claremont in the SFL, played a single game for the Devils against North Ballarat in 2007.

david.killick@news.com.au


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