Jail for ex-AFL star over woman's assault

Rick Goodman
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Former AFL North Melbourne player Shannon Grant ... deeply ashamed of his actions

Former AFL star Shannon Grant has been jailed for six months for repeatedly assaulting a woman, including stomping on her bare foot after she got out of a bath at a Victorian resort.

But the North Melbourne premiership player on Tuesday immediately launched an appeal after the prison sentence was handed down and will seek release on bail.

The 41-year-old 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 her phone, suspecting she had been texting other men, the court was told in an agreed summary.

Magistrate Thomas Barrett imposed a six-month prison sentence after Grant pleaded guilty to three assault charges and one count of recklessly causing injury.

His 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."

The woman also cut her head when Grant had forcefully shrugged her off as they struggled over her mobile phone outside the ex-Kangaroo's Highett 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."

Immediately after he was jailed his lawyer lodged an appeal bid and sought Grant's release on bail.

The bail application may be heard on Tuesday afternoon and the appeal is scheduled for August.

Grant 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.