Well, eight months is a lot less punishment than his victim received, but at least Christiaan Briggs will get some time in jail. Why not five years? Maybe the court took into account the fact that the defense was able to tell a good joke in the face of adversity:
In mitigation Bartholomew Casella said Briggs was a "committed pacifist" and was "absolutely horrified by his behaviour".
He told the packed courtroom that Briggs was a man of "far beyond good character, quite an exceptional young human being who has devoted a lot of time to helping others, who has rather selflessly gone about in his own way trying to make the world a better place."