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() Victoria's chief magistrate has defended a judge who set free a drug-addled attacker after he bashed two paramedics.

Peter Lauritsen said magistrate Simon Zebrowsk acted as per the law when he spared James Haberfield jail last week, instead jail handed him monitoring and community orders.

Haberfield, 22, was on trial for punching paramedic Monica Woods in the face after consuming 'a cornucopia' of drugs at Victoria's Rainbow Serpent festival in January.

Haberfield avoided a six-month jail term.

James Haberfield, 22, was on trial for punching paramedic Monica Woods in the face after consuming 'a cornucopia' of drugs at Victoria's Rainbow Serpent festival in January

James Haberfield, 22, was on trial for punching paramedic Monica Woods in the face after consuming 'a cornucopia' of drugs at Victoria's Rainbow Serpent festival in January 

Magistrate Zebrowsk on Wednesday sentenced Haberfield to an 18-month community correction order and order him to undergo mental health and drug treatment. 

Haberfield became the first person under the new Victorian laws, which came into effect last October, to be slapped with a compulsory treatment order for attacking emergency workers. 

Police and ambulance workers unions and Haberfield's victims expressed their disappointment over the sentence.

Victoria's chief magistrate Peter Lauritsen said magistrate Simon Zebrowsk acted as per the law when he handed down the sentence of treatment, monitoring and community orders to James Haberfield (pictured) last week

Victoria's chief magistrate Peter Lauritsen said magistrate Simon Zebrowsk acted as per the law when he handed down the sentence of treatment, monitoring and community orders to James Haberfield (pictured) last week

But on Sunday, chief magistrate Lauritsen supported the judgement.

'Whether there is an appeal or not, it is clear the magistrate applied the law (as he saw it) to the facts to reach the sentence he imposed,' he told Herald Sun. 

'It would have been wrong for him to do otherwise.

'Incidentally, prior to his appointment, the magistrate was a principal solicitor with the Office of Public Prosecutions.'

Ms Woods, who was brutally attacked at work, says her attacker is being treated 'like a victim' after he escaped a prison sentence. 

She cried in the court as the sentence was delivered.

Ms Woods has not returned to work since the attack and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. 

Paramedic Monica Woods, who was brutally attacked at work, says her attacker is being treated 'like a victim' after he escaped a prison sentence

Paramedic Monica Woods, who was brutally attacked at work, says her attacker is being treated 'like a victim' after he escaped a prison sentence

Ms Woods believes the legal system let down both herself and her fellow emergency workers.

'You work in an office and you don't expect to be assaulted, or punched in the face or pinned to the desk... we're entitled to go to work and be safe and this guy has taken by career away from me for the moment,' she

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