A homeless man is back in jail after assaulting a sleeping man with a metal pole and other offences during his six months of freedom. “I was being assaulted by the victim, I didn’t take the matter to police, I know I should of (sic),” Joshua Adam Dawson, 31, said. “Even when I was at Sun City he came into my room and assaulted me. I was asked to leave.” Since his release from prison in February, Dawson had been living at Sun City Christian Centre emergency accommodation and squatting at the derelict Batavia Motor Inne. On August 24, he also pleaded guilty to stealing $50 from a Red Cross charity box, two counts of possessing a prohibited drug for small amounts of cannabis, and breaching a bail undertaking. The latter was for coming within 20m of the Batavia Motor Inne, a condition Dawson said he had not understood. He also pleaded guilty to property damage, having torn a registration plate from a car in Marine Terrace. Dawson said he was no longer homeless as he was able to go back to living at Sun City Christian Centre, or to stay with a cousin. In June, Dawson pleaded guilty to assaulting a man with a metal pole, fracturing his arm and injuring his head. The man had been lying down in the derelict Batavia Inne at 3am. Magistrate Chris Miocevich described it as an “extremely serious assault”. “I requested psychological and pre-sentence reports,” he said. “You didn’t turn up for your psychological assessment, and twice you didn’t turn up for court.” Mr Miocevich said he accepted Dawson had “a number of difficulties” in his life. “You have fallen on tough times but what happened clearly doesn’t justify it,” he said. Mr Miocevich sentenced Dawson to seven months for the assault and one month for the stealing, to be served concurrently and backdated to August 1. He will be eligible for parole. Mr Miocevich also fined him $200 for each of the other offences.