Australian DJ jailed for headbutting ex-PM

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Canberra, April 9 (IANS) An Australian court on Monday sentenced a DJ to jail for at least two months for headbutting former Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Astro Labe, 38, was sentenced in Hobart Magistrates Court over the headline-drawing attack on September 21, 2017, reports the Guardian.

Magistrate Michael Daly described the headbutt as unprovoked, opportunistic and cowardly deception.

The court heard Labe was drinking at a Hobart pub when he saw Abbott walk past.

Labe followed the former leader and asked to shake his hand, before grabbing it and headbutting him, saying: “You f**king deserved it”.

The musician was sentenced to a maximum six-month jail term, although he will be eligible for parole after two months with the requirement that he does not commit an offence for two years.

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Daly also ordered Labe to undergo drug and alcohol rehabilitation, the Guardian reported.

Abbott said that at the time he was left shocked and with a fat lip, and claimed the attack was linked to the same-sex marriage debate.

Labe denied that the headbutt had anything to do with marriage equality.

–IANS

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