Victim hopes Eagle Newman is jailed as lesson

Brett Marris doesn't hold a grudge against Eagles footballer Murray Newman, but he would be happy if he never saw the troubled player again.

Speaking the day after Newman was convicted of assault causing grievous bodily harm over a punch which broke Mr Marris' jaw, the 20-year-old commerce student expressed a hope the player would be jailed.

Mr Marris said he did not want the West Coast rookie's career ruined, but the sentence had to reflect the seriousness of the offence.

"I just think if you do a crime that is worth jail time, then you should probably be punished in that manner," he said.

"I never want to see him again. Hopefully he learns his lesson and does not do it to anybody else."

Newman, 20, claimed he acted in self-defence when he punched Mr Marris, who needed surgery to implant a steel plate and screws in his fractured jaw.

But the jury rejected the footballer's claim.

It was told Newman sent Mr Marris a string of threatening Facebook messages in the weeks before the assault after learning his former girlfriend had slept with him.

Mr Marris said he had feelings of anxiety that had not been part of his personality before the attack at the Library nightclub more than a year ago.

"I always feel the need to look over my shoulder," he said.

Mr Marris said he was not intimidated by the high-profile Eagles, including captain Darren Glass, Dean Cox, Nic Naitanui, Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling, who sat in the public gallery during the three-day trial.

He believed they were genuinely there to support a mate, but he was relieved the distraction of AFL stars being there did not influence the jury.

"I am really pleased that the jury was not swayed by all the high-profile celebrities there," he said.

"I am happy that justice was served and the jury made the correct decision."

Mr Marris said he had been upset by his portrayal throughout the trial, saying he was made out to be a "home wrecker".

"I am not about that at all," he said.

Newman, who continues to have the support of the West Coast Eagles, is on strict bail conditions and will be sentenced in March.

The West Australian

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