Police insisted on highest possible punishment (1 month imprisonment), but after offence procedure it was changed as the attacker pleaded guilty an expressed his regrets, that was understood as mitigating circumstance, says Slobodna Dalmacija daily.
Another attacker, J. G. (23), who hit Tomić’s friend in the head, received suspended sentence of 1 month imprisonment. He too pleaded guilty and expressed his regrets, but his victim got minor injuries.
The attack occurred by the end of March in front of Youth Home, in the evening, after popular Festival of Short Stories “Pričigin”. With Ante Tomić there were two his friends: one that was hit in the head and known Split photographer Feđa Klarić, who took photos of attackers.
J. N. offended Ante Tomić calling him “komunjara” (insulting word for communist) and blew his hat off his head. J. G. wanted to hit him, but as Tomić retreated, he hit his friend who wanted to protect Tomić. Both attackers were arrested soon and J. N. was found to be drunk (2,24 per mille alcohol).
According to Law on Public Order sentence higher than 1 month imprisonment is not possible. Lower level of sentence is assessed individually and depends on mitigating circumstances such as pleading guilty and expressing regrets. This sentence is for the moment not final and both attackers are not to come close to Ante Tomić.
Source: Slobodna Dalmacija