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Jake Sara walks free on bail over one-hit attack outside Wollongong bar

8 December 2017 4:20 AM
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A North Wollongong man who launched a damaging one-hit attack outside a Wollongong bar has walked free on bail, just hours after he was sentenced to least 11 months behind bars.

On Friday morning, Jake Sara was sentenced to one year, four months in jail with a non-parole period of 11 months at Wollongong Local Court for the attack on Ryan Gripton in April.

But just hours after the sentencing Sara walked free on bail, ahead of an appeal to be heard in the same court in March 2018.

He later required nine staples to the left side of his head and underwent surgery to implant permanent metal stabilising components in his broken jaw.

Upon sentencing Sara on Friday, the magistrate called the attack "vicious" and said the consequences for the victim had been "substantial".

Outside court, family friend Aleisha Brooke-Smith welcomed the magistrate's decision.

"Justice has been served. The fact that he's going to jail for 11 months is a good outcome.

Ryan Gripton's mother, Michelle Gripton, said the assault had had a lasting impact and should serve as a cautionary tale.

"I'm happy with the sentence. I hope he [Sara] has a long time to think about what he's done."

As part of his bail conditions, Sara will be required to report to police weekly in the lead-up to his severity appeal, to be heard in Wollongong District Court on March 2, 2018.


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