A snowboarder dressed as Star Wars character Chewbacca when he bashed a Thredbo manager on the popular ski fields has been jailed for at least one year and four months.
Keith Melvyn Wass struck Kosciusko's Thredbo resort manager Jordan Rogers in August 2017 with his snowboard after being told 'we've had complaints kids are getting scared,' the NSW District Court was told on Friday.
The 54-year-old was sentenced to a maximum term of two years and four months by Judge Garry Neilson who described the attack as 'vicious and brutal' and certainly not justified by the earlier verbal disagreement between the two men.
Keith Melvyn Wass (pictured) struck Kosciusko's Thredbo resort manager Jordan Rogers in August 2017 with his snowboard after being told 'we've had complaints kids are getting scared,' the NSW District Court was told on Friday
Mr Rogers now experiences anxiety whenever Star Wars is mentioned or he sees one of the movie franchise posters, he said in a victim impact statement.
Wass eventually pleaded guilty to recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm.
The 'Pastafarian' attended the Sydney court wearing the usual colander on his head as per the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, an outfit choice the judge previously called absurd and ridiculous.
Defence lawyer Peter Pearsall argued his behaviour on the ski slopes was due to his significant mental health disorders, with one psychiatric report suggesting he suffered from schizophrenia.
But the judge did not think the aggressive assault was explained by mental health but rather reacting poorly to what he believed was an 'interference with his ability to live his life as he should'.
In 2015 Thredbo management gave Wass notice that he remain on the slopes under certain conditions following issues with his demeanour.
But two concerning emails regarding his 'intimidating behaviour' prompted Mr Rogers to take a photograph of Wass one Saturday in August 2017, saying his pass had been revoked.
'Hey, I'm just Chewbacca,' Wass responded, before picking up his sports equipment and swinging the snowboard at his jaw.
Mr Rogers fell to the ground concussed as three bystanders prevented Wass from continuing to hit him with the board.
The Thredbo manager faces ongoing dental work after enduring nearly 12 months already, required stitches around his mouth, and continues to suffer insomnia.
Wass was granted exceptional circumstances in sentencing due to his mental health and is first eligible for parole on October 17, 2022.