A homeless man who assaulted another person sleeping rough in Geraldton earlier this year has been ordered to complete community service before starting his “new life” in WA’s south. Jeffrey Colin Seelander, 58, on Monday appeared in Geraldton Magistrates Court, where he pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm and criminal damage. The court was told Seelander and the victim had been sheltering at the old Geraldton railway station on January 9 when an argument broke out between the pair. During the incident, Seelander punched the victim in the face, causing a 2cm laceration above the man’s left eyebrow. He attempted to call for help using his phone, but Seelander smashed the device — said to cost $60— on the ground. Police attended the scene and Seelander was arrested. His lawyer Karen Ward said Seelander had been drinking alcohol at the time and struck out at the victim after the man made some “derogatory” remarks about his partner. She said he had plans to stay with family in Dillon Bay in the Great Southern region, a move which she described as a “good thing” for the man. The court was told Seelander has “significant” outstanding fines, with Ms Ward saying the man would enter into a payment plan to address this. Magistrate Angus Hockton said Seelander had “been through a lot” in his life, and had demonstrated his ability to “detox” from illicit substances in the past. He sentenced Seelander to 48 hours of community service, telling the man the sooner he completed the work, the sooner he could begin his “new life” in Dillon Bay.