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Man sentenced over "reckless" punch

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A young footballer has been handed a two year community corrections order for a king hit outside a bar at Hobart's Salamanca precinct on February 2nd.

Joshua Scott Webster had entered an guilty plea to the 2am assault, claimed to be in defence of a friend who was in an altercation with two men that night.

The victim, 24-year-old Jake Riley suffered bleeding inside the skull and jaw fractures.

Webster’s defence lawyer told court the 25-year-old is remorseful, takes full responsibility and has no history of violence.

"I have a reference from his employer who says he is an honest and reliable employee and were the defendant to receive a prison sentence, he would not be able to hold the defendant’s position open. I also have a reference from the President of the Hobart Football Club for which the defendant plays," Acting Justice Porter said

Webster has been sentenced him to 50 hours of community service and handed a fine of $650.

"Although you believed you needed to act to defend yourself, you were quite reckless as to the degree of force. In my view, although excessive force in one blow in self-defence is involved, a penalty of some substance is nevertheless required. In all of the circumstances, I do not consider imprisonment to be necessary, even accepting that it might be appropriate to suspend the execution of the whole of the term," the judge said.