500 hours community work for “terrifying” incident

A MAN who entered the Bright home of his childhood friend and beat him up in his own bed has avoided a jail sentence.

A MAN who entered the Bright home of his childhood friend and beat him up in his own bed has avoided a jail sentence.

Andrew Sullivan, 26, now of Pakenham, pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated burglary and intentionally causing injury when he appeared in the Wangaratta County Court last week for what the prosecution described as a “nasty” and “terrifying” incident.

The court heard the victim and Sullivan argued at Bright’s Alpine Hotel on November 17 last year before going their separate ways.

But at about 1am, in his Thompson Street home, the victim was woken to someone punching him in the face.

Prosecutor, Andrew Moore, said Sullivan was drunk and had been stewing on the argument for hours before going to the victim’s house.

“It was a surprise attack on the complainant who was then asleep in his own bed at home, which contained his mother and a young child,” he said.

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