A young Kimberley man who headbutted a senior constable causing his top lip to bleed has been dealt a suspended prison term in the hope he will take the chance to turn his life around. Corey Ningella, 22, appeared in Broome Magistrates Court on December 13, pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer, unlawfully wounding someone and breaching bail twice. The court was told at Pandanus Park on March 13 this year, Ningella was drinking when a fight broke out between him and another man, with the pair exchanging several punches. It was heard Ningella then kicked the man in the face while wearing a steel cap boot, causing him to bleed excessively. When officers arrived at the scene, the court was told Ningella was put in hand cuffs and thought the officer was giving him attitude so he headbutted the senior constable in the face, causing the officer’s top lip to bleed. The defence told the court Ningella was brought up in the Djarindjin and One Arm Point communities, his parents had died when he was young and the man had been exposed to alcohol-fuelled violence in his childhood. The police prosecutor told the court the victim of the steel cap boot attack suffered significant injuries and trauma. Magistrate Stephen Sharratt told the court Ningella did not have a history of violent offences but had a track record of failing to follow orders, with several breaches of bail and his last offence criminal damage for “burning up a car”. Mr Sharratt said Ningella’s offences deserved imprisonment, but due to the man’s youth, he could suspend the sentence. “You can avoid getting jail right here and now, instead of being one of them tired old drunk fellas, you can stay out of trouble,” he said. Ningella was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and fined $1250 plus costs for the breaches of bail. Mr Sharratt said he gave Ningella a chance to do something good with his life. “You’re a full grown man, if you don’t take the chance I’ve given you, you’ll deserve your jail,” he said.