Was this an assault? Dont think so
This case was basically "he said, they said." The couple's words against the accused's words. I was not convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the couple was assaulted and I believe the accused should have been acquitted. But since he was found guilty by the judge, I DO NOT believe he should be sentenced to prison.
How will prison help this man become a better person? What purpose will sending him to prison serve? Prison is a negative environment which does not encourage or facilitate reform or rehabilitation. There would be no purpose in sending this man to prison, as I believe this was an isolated incident (as it appears he has no prior record) and he is therefore, not a danger or threat to society. If this man has been successful on bail, I dont believe prison is necessary. He does not need to be incapacitated in prison. Besides, prison for relatively non violent offenders can be damaging and are often known as the schools of crime.
I believe that a more appropriate sanction would be either a conditional sentence or probation in the community. He could be ordered to stay away from his neighbours, participate in counselling or a program aimed at the impact of crime on victims. He could also be ordered to have a curfew and to be employed to provide for his family and possibly perform volunteer work for his neighbours. I think this would be more appropriate than prison, as prison increases recidivism and does not rehabilitate or reform individuals at all.