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Indigenous Australian actor David Gulpilil has been sentenced to at least five months in prison for assaulting his wife.
The Crocodile Dundee and Australia star pleaded guilty to aggravated assault during a court hearing on Wednesday after an altercation with his wife, Miriam Ashley, in December.
On Thursday, Darwin magistrate John Lowndes handed Gulpilil a 12-month sentence, suspended after five months.
Gulpilil's lawyer, Eugene Schofield, is adamant his client will turn his life around when he leaves jail.
He says, "He was very reluctant to go to prison... He intends to attend rehab when he comes out, and I understand he has a few films in the pipeline." »
Australia star David Gulpilil has been found guilty of assaulting his wife with a broom.
The indigenous Australian actor was charged with aggravated assault after hitting his wife, Miriam Ashley, and breaking her arm during a clash in December.
Gulpilil now faces possible jail time for the attack - during a court hearing on Wednesday, Darwin Magistrate John Lowndes ordered a supervision assessment to be completed for sentencing.
Lowndes told the court, "The defendant has put himself up as a role model. (But) sadly he has demolished the virtue of a role model," adding, "the offence in its own right puts him at risk of going to jail".
Gulpilil is due to be sentenced on Thursday. »
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5 items from 2011
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