A man who has been jailed for sexually assaulting a man who was walking home in the city of Melbourne last year has been released on bail.
The 31-year-old man, who has not been named, was originally jailed for six years and four months for the assault of David Smith, who was attacked on a footpath in Melbourne’s south-east.
Smith was walking along a footbridge when he was approached by a man wearing a grey hoodie and blue jeans, who punched him in the face and neck and threw him to the ground.
He sustained facial injuries and had a cut on his right cheek.
When he got to hospital, doctors discovered a large bruise on his forehead and he was diagnosed with anaphylaxis, or a reaction to an allergic reaction to one of the medications he was taking.
After receiving treatment, Smith was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital for an emergency procedure, where doctors said the wound was infected and needed urgent treatment.
His case is the first of its kind in Australia, where it is not a crime to take someone’s belongings and steal them if the victim is walking or travelling alone.
“There are no exceptions to that rule, you can take a person’s possessions and you are not prosecuted for that,” Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Smith said.
Police have said the assault was “a sadistic and disgusting attack” and are now working with the New South Welsh Police to identify the man.
Mr Smith said he would be forever grateful to police for their help in finding him.