A Geraldton man whose assault victim went without treatment for a broken leg for five days has been jailed for more than seven years. Arron Wesley Crawford, 38 appeared in Geraldton District Court on Friday after pleading guilty to home burglary and aggravated grievous bodily harm charges. The court was told Crawford’s partner had “conned” the victim into thinking she was coming to his house to buy drugs, and she would bring a friend who would offer him sexual favours in exchange for the drugs. Instead, the woman arrived at the victim’s Mundijong home on July 11, 2019 with the intention of stealing from him. Armed with a baseball bat, Crawford and an unknown co-offender accompanied her for “protection”. But the court was told Crawford had not attended the premises with the intention of stealing from or assaulting the victim. The woman had previously told Crawford the victim had allegedly sexually assaulted her while they had been in a relationship. After he opened the door, the victim was allegedly tackled by the unknown offender, who then ordered their co-accused to “break his legs”. Crawford then used the baseball bat to strike the victim’s left leg. After showing the trio where the drugs were stashed, the victim asked Crawford for a drink from a bottle of Baileys. Crawford obliged the victim and also gave the man a cigarette, saying: “I’m not all c...”. As they left, the unknown offender told the victim to “have a think about how you treat women” and allegedly threw a table at the victim’s head and arms. Someone came to visit the victim the next evening, but the man declined offers to be taken to hospital for treatment. It was not until July 17 when the victim’s employer came to check on him after he failed to turn up for work that an ambulance was called. His boss found the man “dazed and incoherent” on the couch. His leg was placed in a plaster cast and he made a full physical recovery. But the court was told the victim was “psychologically” affected by the incident and “thought he was going to die” after the assault. The victim was unable to work after the incident and subsequently lost his accommodation. Crawford’s partner spent almost two years in custody before she was sentenced to nine months imprisonment for her involvement in the incident. Judge Troy Sweeney said the victim was “not on trial”, but accepted Crawford believed his partner had been abused by the man and naturally felt “protective” of her. “Although I’m sentencing you on the basis that you didn’t go there to beat him up but rather, you were there offering protection for your girlfriend, you obviously showed very bad judgment in involving yourself and being armed with a baseball bat,” she told Crawford. “You should never have gone to the house, you should never have armed yourself and you should have tried to talk your girlfriend out of going there as well, given her past relationship with this man.” She sentenced Crawford to seven years and six months jail, and made him eligible for parole after he served five years and six months of that term. The sentence will be backdated to December 16, 2019.