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A person who punched one other man twice within the face in a bid to guard his spouse amid a poker machine fracas has been handed an entirely suspended sentence after a jury discovered him responsible of assault on Tuesday. Christopher Allan McCulloch, 33, of Whitemore, assaulted Adam Cawthen on the Queens Head Inn at Perth on March 19, 2017. McCulloch and his spouse, Natalie, had gone to the pub with a number of of her members of the family. Whereas McCulloch was taking part in on a poker machine, his spouse pulled a reserved signal – put there by Mr Cawthen’s spouse, Olivia – from the machine subsequent to his and threw it away. Mrs McCulloch’s brother sat within the chair by the reserved machine as his sister performed on a machine beside him. When Mrs Cawthen got here again inside after smoking a cigarette, she spoke to Mrs McCulloch and her brother concerning the lacking signal. A scuffle ultimately broke out, with Mrs McCulloch knocking the glasses from Mrs Cawthen’s face. It was then that Mr Cawthen tried to push Mrs McCulloch’s arm away from his spouse. He was grabbed by the throat and pushed by McCulloch who has stated he was making an attempt to defend his spouse. McCulloch punched Mr Cawthen twice within the left facet of his face, leaving him with a fractured eye socket, a black eye and a small bleed within the white of his left eye. McCulloch’s counsel stated that his earlier crime of frequent assault in 2015 – for which he was given an entirely suspended sentence on the proviso he did not commit any extra offences warranting imprisonment – was partly on account of his ice dependancy on the time. The courtroom heard McCulloch had made important efforts to rehabilitate himself since then and that he lives together with his spouse, daughter and stepson. Justice Michael Brett stated McCulloch’s felony historical past was “unremarkable” and he appeared to have had a “wake-up name”. “The crime you dedicated was a brutal act of violence in a public place,” Justice Brett stated of McCulloch’s assault of Mr Cawthen. “[But] I settle for the cheap risk … you believed that [Mr Cawthen’s] actions did represent a risk to your spouse.” Justice Brett advised the courtroom McCulloch had cooperated with police. McCulloch’s earlier suspended sentence for his 2015 crime was not activated, with Justice Brett saying he’d been persuaded that it could have been unjust to take action. “My conclusion is that the neighborhood can be finest served by having you proceed your rehabilitation into the longer term,” Justice Brett stated. McCulloch obtained a 9 month jail sentence, wholly suspended on the situation that he not commit one other offence punishable by imprisonment within the subsequent 24 months.