Criminal law, traffic matters, DUI, assault, theft, fraud
What state are you in mate? Bear in mind this advice is all based on SA and may differ from state to state, but still sort of the same.
In South Australia mate you can go to a Police Station and make a report as to what has happened, take any medical notes/evidence as well. If you know the guys details it should be fairly straight forward, a lot easier than trying to find someone you don't know. Also take the names of people who you think saw the assault go down.
At the Police Station you will be asked wether or not you want to take action or not. The report is taken because an offence has occurred, however you have the choice to choose not to proceed with police action. Even if you choose to sign a 207A and not proceed with any charges, you can change your mind later down the track. If you do sign a 207A though you do preclude yourself from getting any money from victims of crime or being able to seek criminal damages from the person in question.
The thing is you either charge him or you dont, you don't get a choice of how harsh his penalty will be or how much compensation you will received if any. That being said from the facts as you have presented them, he has committed a crime which I would be loathe to let him get away with.
If this is SA mate I can send you a message and explain it a bit more. Otherwise Good luck.
Sorry mate I misread, I thought you had not reported it yet.
Victims compensation if it does happen, happens further done the track when you eventually go to court, so it will be handled by prosecution section. Before any of that happens the investigation has to be completed, the officer decide if action will be taken and the court process started.
The manager has advised you that he is a subcontractor so as to absolve the company's liability over the incident, and more seriously, they've probably been paying him cash, so being a "subcontractor" (he probably has no idea what the word means) also leaves the guy liable for the tax bill when the sh*t hits the fan.
The guy is going to get fired anyway, you may as well go the company. Contact the Australian Tax Office on 1800 060 062.
In regards to compensation even if you requested that the matter not be followed up by Police you still have the option of civilly suing him. Criminal and civil have different burdens of proof, that is why some people who are cleared of serious crimes can still be civilly sued by them for damages. Victims can also claim money from Victims of crime even if a person is not brought to justice via the court systems. If you don't want to press charges due to what may harm his family (which is very galant of you I must say) I would suggest you seek an AVO which still addresses the assault on you, and you can also claim in court for victims of crime through that means. However if he is assaulting a stranger perhaps his family may need some sort of protection too. Your best bet is to get onto the police as soon as you can, if you let it go, so will they, the majority of them won't follow things up unless they are pursued.
Thanks for all those who gave support and advice. You will be all glad to hear after nearly a year the police charged him with assault and battery (one up from common assault). He lied through his teeth throgh the whole case, his lawyer walked out on him.... gold!
thanks again, the law does work sometimes!