He punched boss in face but avoided jail

AN employee who punched his boss in the face during a workplace argument has received a suspended sentence for the assault.

Christopher James Peters, 37, of Taperoo, Adelaide spent 10 days in custody before he was released on home detention bail over the October 17, 2016 incident.

He pleaded guilty in the District Court to one count of assault causing harm.

During sentencing, Chief Judge Michael Evans said the incident unfolded after Peters sent his boss a text message advising he would only be at work late on the morning of the attack.

"You had been due to return to work early in the morning," he said.

"The victim (Peters' boss) responded via SMS early in the morning of 17 October advising you that he needed to talk to you.

"He requested that you return a work vehicle that you had borrowed."

The court heard Peters agreed to return the car in the afternoon and when he arrived at work, he met his boss in his office.

"The conversation was initially civil, however it quickly became more aggressive," chief judge Evans said.

"The victim pushed you to the chest and you responded by punching him, with clenched fist, to the left side of his face and then you left the office.

"As a result of the punch, the victim suffered bruising around his left eye, swelling, general pain and a laceration above his left eyebrow, which required stitches."

The court was told Peters was remorseful over his actions, had since undertaken an anger management course and was now in alternative full-time employment.

Chief judge Evans said his offending breached a previous good behaviour bond imposed on him for two assaults in 2015 "which occurred in the context of an employment-related dispute".

He sentenced Peters to five months and 23 days in jail but suspended the sentence on the condition he entered an 18-month good behaviour bond and performed 40 hours of community service.