Four men have been sentenced over a "thuggish, gratuitous,
cowardly and alarming" assault in the cosmetics section of an
Adelaide department store.
Two of the men were Hells Angels associates while the victim
was connected to the New Boys street gang.
But Judge Paul Rice could not say whether the attack was
motivated by conflict between the gangs.
Hussain Ali Alzuain, 25, Simko Eliassi, 24, Andrew Hopwood,
25, and Seywan Moradi, 25, pleaded guilty in the South
Australian District Court to taking part in an affray on July
29, 2010, in the Myer store at Modbury.
In sentencing them today, the judge said prosecutors had
dropped a more serious charge of aggravated causing harm with
He described the men's action as thuggish, gratuitous,
cowardly and alarming, noting onlookers were frightened and
entitled to believe such incidents would not erupt in public
After a chance sighting, the four men had approached the
victim in the cosmetics section for the purpose of using or
threatening to use violence, the judge said.
The victim was hospitalised overnight with grazes, tenderness
and a wound after he was punched and kicked during the
The judge jailed Alzuain for nine months, noting his previous
convictions and his significant role in the violence.
Eliassi, who had no criminal history, was put on a $500
three-year good behaviour bond, after the judge suspended an
eight-month jail term.
At the time of the fight, Hopwood was on a suspended
four-month jail term for an assault.
"You put the boot into (the victim) after he went to the
floor," the judge said.
He revoked the suspended sentence, jailed him for eight
months and set an overall non-parole period of five months.
The judge placed Moradi on a $500 three-year good behaviour
bond after suspending a four-month jail term, noting he was
the least involved.