By Australian Associated Press
Published: 04:49 GMT, 2 December 2020 | Updated: 04:49 GMT, 2 December 2020
Axed Sydney Swans AFL player Elijah Taylor has been spared jail over the brutal assault of his ex-girlfriend at a Perth hotel - in which he struck her with a belt and punched her in the back of the head.
Taylor, 19, pleaded guilty in Perth Magistrates Court to unlawfully assaulting Lekahni Pearce on September 13 and causing her bodily harm.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The court heard the pair had bumped into each other at a nightclub before returning to Taylor's hotel room, and Taylor woke to Ms Pearce punching him after she discovered a Snapchat message from a third party on his phone.
Elijah Taylor (pictured) is seen leaving the Perth Magistrates Court, in Perth on December 2, 2020 after escaping a jail sentence for assaulting his ex-girlfriend
Pearce (pictured) made headlines last month after she snuck into the Sydney Swans' quarantine hub in Perth to visit Taylor
Ms Pearce reportedly snuck across the golf course and into the resort where the players were staying
Taylor responded by punching Ms Pearce in the jaw and hitting her several times in the face, according to a statement of facts tendered by police prosecutors.
Taylor, who has been on bail since his arrest, then struck her with a belt while she screamed out in pain, crying for him to stop.
When Ms Pearce said she was going to the police, Taylor punched her in the back of the head, causing her to fall to the floor.