AFL legend escapes jail sentence
HAWTHORN premiership player Brian Lake has been released from custody after receiving a community corrections order for assault, trespass, stalking, driving and property damage offences.
Lake was arrested following an incident on Tuesday night and faced Sunshine Magistrates Court on Friday after pleading guilty to the charges on Thursday.
The 37-year-old must complete 250 hours of community service work over 18 months and has had his driver's licence suspended for 21 days.
Lake didn't speak as he left court surrounded by reporters and photographers, jumping straight into a waiting car.
Looking forlorn as he sat in the dock, the 2013 Norm Smith medallist was warned the charges were serious and he could face a jail sentence if he offended again.
"If you had any prior serious criminal history, I would incarcerate you," the magistrate told Lake.
Lake, who played 251 AFL games for the Hawks and the Western Bulldogs, damaged an iPhone at an Aintree property on Tuesday, court documents revealed.
He also committed indictable offences of stalking, theft and criminal damage at the property while on bail.
The court was told Lake had been seeking help for mental health issues for a number of years.
His defence lawyer pleaded for leniency in relation to Lake's driving offences, arguing he needed to continue working.
Lake was booked for speeding and driving without a licence while behind the wheel of a VW ute at Melton on March 30.