Former AFL Star Might Escape Jail Time Over Repeated Attacks On Woman

Shannon Grant admitted he did it, but wants community service instead.

A former AFL star may escape jail time despite admitting to repeated assaults against a woman.

Shannon Grant has admitted to several attacks on the woman last year, but has appealed his six month jail sentence.

The 41-year-old North Melbourne player spent just two days behind bars before being granted bail late last month.

Today, Judge Susan Cohen extended his bail at the County Court of Victoria and is considering community service instead.

Grant admitted to assaulting the woman on several occasions between June and December last year, including stomping on her bare foot before kicking her to the ground. The woman hit her head and elbow on the bathroom floor.

In a written victim impact statement read out last month, she detailed the physical and psychological impact of these assaults.

Shannon Grant outside of court. IMAGE: AAP

She said she had been unable to work after developing post-traumatic stress disorder and suffered from insomnia.

The statement also described her injuries, including concussion, ongoing pain in her left foot which left her unable to wear closed toe-shoes.

At the same hearing, defence lawyer Nicole Spicer said Grant had suffered greatly as a result of his wrongdoing and had lost his job.

She said her client attends Alcoholics Anonymous and anger management counselling and remained sober since March this year.

Grant played 301 games for North Melbourne and Sydney between 1995 and 2008.

Shannon Grant played for North Melbourne until 2008. IMAGE: Getty  

He was part of the Kangaroos' 1999 premiership team, winning the Norm Smith Medal for best on ground.

The case returns to court on 7 August.