A 29-year-old British national could face deportation after he was jailed for punching an acquaintance during a scuffle, breaking his eye socket. Oliver George Ash was sentenced to three years in prison after he was found guilty of grievous bodily harm following a trial in the Bunbury District Court last month. During the trial, Ash was also accused of deprivation of liberty and robbery with actual violence but was ultimately acquitted of those charges after a three-hour jury deliberation. Another man, Stephen John William Lynch, faced the same charges in relation to the incident but was cleared of all charges while a third co-accused, David Gregory Barr, was placed on an 18-month supervision order after he pleaded guilty for his involvement. The pair had been accused of demanding that victim Andrew Robert Dunnet hand over his bank card and internet banking details, and sign transfer papers for his car, hitting him with a baseball bat when he did not comply during the November 2019 incident. In evidence, Mr Dunnet told the court he was asked to come to Mr Lynch’s house under the guise of organising a shooting trip but was detained for several hours. However, Ash told the court in his evidence that Mr Dunnet willingly came over and the fight started when Mr Dunnet became agitated about not being able to use his car as “collateral” to pay for drugs. When police answered a disturbance call, Mr Dunnet escaped and was taken to hospital, where he was found to have a fractured eye socket and bruising to his body. In submissions, Ash’s lawyer Jeremy Morris said while there was a clear discrepancy on the evidence between the trial’s two key eyewitnesses, it was open to the court to find Mr Dunnet was in possession of a meat cleaver when Ash punched him twice to the face. Mr Morris also submitted the punches was a spontaneous, non-premeditated sequence of events in a “highly dynamic, highly charged situation” with the intention of disarming Mr Dunnet. The court was also told Ash was a British national who did not hold Australian citizenship and could face deportation if his sentence was longer than 12 months. In sentencing, District Court Judge Wendy Gillan said she did not believe Ash was acting in self-defence and was not satisfied Mr Dunnet initiated the aggression. Judge Gillan backdated Ash’s three-year prison term to December 19, 2020 and will be eligible for parole in June.