Hobart DJ Astro Labe has said he was “six out of ten” drunk at the time he struck Mr Abbott. (ABC News: Scott Ross)
The DJ who headbutted former prime minister Tony Abbott on the Hobart waterfront last year will spend at least two months in prison.
Astro Labe, 38, was sentenced to six months in prison, to be eligible for release after two months, upon which he will be required to pay $2,000 and commit no offence for two years.
He is subject to probation for 12 months after his release and will be required to undergo alcohol and drug rehabilitation.
Magistrate Michael Daly said Labe’s attack on Mr Abbott in September was opportunistic and unprovoked.
Labe pleaded guilty in January to causing harm to a Commonwealth public official after the incident on Hobart’s waterfront on September 21, 2017.
The federal charge was not heard in the Supreme Court, where Labe could have faced up to 10 years’ jail, but in the Magistrates Court, where the maximum penalty is two years’ jail and a $25,000 fine.
Previously, the court had heard Labe approached Mr Abbott after drinking with friends at a pub in Salamanca Place.
He followed Mr Abbott for about 250 metres before asking to shake his hand.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott gave a press conference about the headbutting incident the day afterwards. (ABC News: Selina Ross)
When Mr Abbott extended his hand, Labe grabbed it and headbutted him, causing minor swelling to Mr Abbott’s lip.
Labe was heard to say, “You f***ing deserved it” as he walked off.
The court heard Labe told police he was “six out of 10” drunk at the time.
Magistrate Daly questioned Labe’s assertion it was a “spontaneous” act, as the court heard Labe had joked about headbutting Mr Abbott earlier in the day.
Labe told the ABC he was a “lone anarchist” who felt the need to headbutt Mr Abbott because he “didn’t think it was an opportunity I’d get again”.