A Kiama Downs man has been released from prison after serving two months behind bars for his role in a cowardly brawl in the Crown Street Mall in September.
Porter Coady, 19, was the main player in the early morning melee, which began inside the 7-Eleven store following an earlier incident at The Grand Hotel.
Police documents tendered to Wollongong Local Court said the victim was initially confronted by one of Coady’s friends, who “bobbed” on his feet and raised his first in an apparent challenge to fight.
The man then threw a “flurry” of punches towards the victim, at one stage grabbing hold of his shirt so he couldn’t get away.
A shirtless Coady then came to his friend’s aid and began throwing punches at the victim.
A third accused, Daniel Cowan, also 19, joined in the assault, kneeing the victim as he tried to run away.
The court heard Coady then forced the victim to his knees and repeatedly punched and kneed him in the head as a crowd watched on.
The man eventually broke free and witnesses were able to stop the trio from carrying out further attacks.
The entire incident was captured on CCTV footage which was being monitored by police, who were able to quickly dispatch officers to the area.
Coady and Cowan were arrested just metres from the scene.
The third man was found a short time later inside Fever Nightclub.
The trio was charged with affray.
Coady was remanded in custody at the time owing to his criminal record. He spent two months behind bars before pleading guilty in Wollongong Local Court this week.
He was sentenced to time served and released from custody on Thursday.
Cowan, who also pleaded guilty, was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service work after the court accepted he played a lesser role in the affray.
The third accused is yet to enter a plea to his charge.