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Former Bendigo VFL coach and AFL star Shannon Grant has been spared jail on appeal for repeatedly assaulting a woman, including stomping on her bare foot after she got out of a bath.
The 41-year-old North Melbourne premiership midfielder previously pleaded guilty to three alcohol-fuelled assaults and other charges against the woman over a six-month period in 2017 and 2018.
Grant was jailed for six months in June by a magistrate, but immediately appealed.
He was re-sentenced in the County Court on Tuesday to a two-year community corrections order with 200 hours of unpaid community work.
Judge Susanne Cohen condemned the assaults and said the community had a growing concern for violence against women, and found it troubling Grant had assaulted the woman three times.
Grant's "illustrious" AFL football career and sporting fame did not entitle him to any leniency in the eyes of the law, the judge noted.
But Grant was sorry for his actions, she said, and was abstaining from alcohol, attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and receiving anger management.
"You have taken significant steps since the time of your offending to address the underlying causes," Judge Cohen said.
She also noted Grant had been punished already to some extent, having lost his job as coach of St Kevin's Old Boys amateur football club and was unlikely to earn a new football-related job.
"There will also be the shame inflicted upon you as the result of the publicity," the judge said.
Grant's assaults included an incident at a Yarra Valley resort where he stomped on the victim's foot after she got out of a bath and also shoved her to the floor, landing on her.
The woman suffered bruising to her foot and elbow and a cut to her head in the assaults and had ongoing issues with her elbow, she said.
The Norm Smith medallist had also jealously questioned the woman about phone messages and tried to snatch her mobile from her in an argument at his home, shoving her into a tree.
Grant, who faced court in a suit and tie, did not comment to reporters outside.
He played 301 AFL games, including 243 for North Melbourne. He won the club's best and fairest in 2001, along with the 1999 Norm Smith medal.
Australian Associated Press