SHANNON GRANT COURT
Former AFL star Shannon Grant has spent just two hours in custody after he immediately appealed over a jail sentence imposed for repeated assaults.
Grant, 41, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to assaulting a woman on several occasions, including stomping on her bare foot after she got out of a bath at a Victorian resort.
But the North Melbourne premiership player immediately appealed against the six-month prison sentence and was granted bail.
Grant faced Moorabbin Magistrates Court and admitted assaulting the woman at his house in Highett, at a suburban beach and also at a Yarra Valley spa and resort.
At the resort Grant stomped on her bare foot with his heel before knocking her to the ground, causing her to hit her head and elbow on the hard bathroom floor.
Before each incident Grant had tried to snatch the woman's phone, suspecting she had been texting other men, the court was told in an agreed summary.
Magistrate Thomas Barrett jailed Grant after he pleaded guilty to three assault charges and one count of recklessly causing injury.
The victim was left with bruising on her foot, elbow and face and had ongoing physical injuries as well as psychological trauma.
"I felt manipulated, betrayed and unable to feel safe," the woman said in her victim impact statement, read by police prosecutor Dale Andrews.
"My left foot took several months to heal ... I was unable to exercise for two months due to the pain."
She also cut her head when Grant had forcefully shrugged her off as they struggled over her mobile phone outside the ex-Kangaroo's home.
Defence lawyer Nicole Spicer said Grant had been having issues with alcohol and managing his emotions, and was sorry for the pain he had caused.
"He is deeply ashamed of his actions. He regrets them," she said.
She had urged the magistrate to give Grant a community corrections order, saying he had already lost his job as coach of St Kevin's Old Boys since his arrest.
"He has personally suffered very significant consequences in relation to the offending," Ms Spicer said.
"He's lost his prize position as coach of the St Kevin's amateur football club. It was a position he really enjoyed and found satisfaction in."
Grant was taken into custody by guards and later released by the same magistrate.
He played 301 AFL games, including 243 for North Melbourne, and won the club's best and fairest award in 2001, along with the 1999 Norm Smith medal.