An Estonian expat living in Broome will serve a 10-month prison sentence after he inflicted a gruesome 45-minute assault on a stranger last May. Joosep Aul, 44, appeared in Broome Magistrates Court on Monday, convicted of one count of unlawful assault and another of unlawful wounding. The court heard that the assault occurred inside the victim’s home, where Mr Aul had been drinking with the victim and his friends earlier the same night. Mr Aul had been passing the Broome address on foot when he was asked to join the victim and his friends on the veranda. He had not previously met the victim. Having already been under the influence of alcohol, Mr Aul continued to drink with the group until most of the group left, leaving the victim alone with the accused. Sometime between 7pm and 1.30am, Mr Aul struck the victim over the back of the head. Defence lawyers said the attack was in response to “unwanted sexual advances”. The blow left a 10cm laceration and the victim lost consciousness. Neither Mr Aul, who claims to have been too inebriated to remember, nor the victim, know if a weapon was involved in the attack. The victim moved to the bedroom to lie down. He was later awoken by Mr Aul punching him across the face, and twisting his ears and nose. The assault went on for 45 minutes before Mr Aul became momentarily distracted, allowing the victim to escape and call for help. He sought hospital treatment for his injuries. In addition to the laceration on his head, the victim suffered bruising and swelling to the face, right cheekbones and right eye socket and a torn ligament in one knee. The accused man wept as the magistrate determined his sentence, handing him a 10-month prison sentence to be served immediately.