Hit man’s de­ci­sion a big miss

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - The Everest - CLAIRE BICKERS

A CAN­BERRA man punched in the head by a Venezue­lan skier in a bit­ter dis­pute with the na­tion’s em­bassy has la­belled it a “dis­grace” the win­ter sports­man es­caped a con­vic­tion yes­ter­day.

The 71-year-old, who owns two prop­er­ties in Can­berra that the Venezue­lan em­bassy has rented for 18 years, was punched in the head by cross-coun­try skier Ce­sar Au­gusto Baena Sier­raalta last month when a long-run­ning dis­pute over the em­bassy’s un­paid rent turned phys­i­cal.

Sier­raalta was placed on a good be­hav­iour or­der for 18 months yes­ter­day, but had no con­vic­tion recorded against him. The land­lord told The Satur­day Tele­graph, in his opin­ion, the de­ci­sion was “weak” and a “dis­grace”.

He said Mr Sier­raalta should have been given a con­vic­tion: “That’s what he de­served.”

Sier­raalta.

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