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Carl Williams' ex-guard avoids more jail

AAP logoAAP 26/09/2016 Genevieve Gannon

The man who used to be the personal protector of gangland boss Carl Williams' has narrowly avoided being sent back to prison after he admitted assaulting two Victorian police officers.

Terence Salvatore Chimirri, 41, on Monday pleaded guilty to 11 charges, including heroin possession, reckless causing injury, driving offences and two counts of assaulting emergency service workers.

Magistrate Franz Holzer told Chimirri the two-year community corrections order he was imposing was at "the top of the sentencing tree".

"Objectively, these are serious matters," Mr Holzer said on Monday.

"You would have gone to jail if there wasn't a plea."

"Given your history, which is not impressive at all, you can count yourself lucky to avoid a jail term today."

Chimirri has been ordered to perform 300 hours of community service and take part in a driver education program.

Magistrate Holzer had previously indicated he would strongly consider not jailing Chimirri, who has been living with his parents in Safety Beach while on bail for the charges.

On Monday he said Chimirri had justified the indication, having heard the former underworld body guard has ended his "bad associations".

During an earlier hearing, Chimirri's mother told the court her son had been traumatised by his time in solitary confinement, where he had to be kept for his own protection.

Chimirri suffers from schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder.

He politely asked the assembled media if they were having a nice day before he walked free from the Melbourne Magistrates' Court.

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