A MAN who was involved in a "simply outrageous" road rage incident in Golden Square has received a $750 fine.
Bradley Monti, 35, appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court last week where he pleaded guilty to charges including wilful damage and unlawful assault.
The court heard on the afternoon of December 4, 2019, Monti was driving behind the victim on High Street in Golden Square.
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The two drivers were jockeying for position, with Monti beeping his horn and the victim yelling.
At one point, Monti accelerated to be level with the victim and drove towards the other man's car. The victim had to swerve to narrowly avoid being hit.
When the pair reached the intersection of High Street and Oak Street, Monti moved into the right-hand turn lane and accelerated again to overtake the victim. There was a red arrow light at the time.
As he moved through the intersection, the rear of Monti's car hit the front of the victim's vehicle.
The men parked their cars to the side of the road and inspected the damage.
The court heard the pair were aggressive with each other, with Monti pushing and elbowing the victim while the other man prevented Monti from leaving.
The victim kicked Monti's door before calling 000. Monti punched the man to the side of the head and pushed the phone out of his hand.
The 35-year-old also kicked the passenger's side door of the victim's car, leaving a large dent.
Monti's father arrived shortly after and he exchanged details with the victim. There was dashcam footage of the entire incident.
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Monti was arrested and interviewed on July 17 last year. He admitted to the offending but told police the victim deserved it.
Defence lawyer Christopher Edwards told the court Monti was now remorseful for his behaviour, which was shown through his early guilty plea.
Mr Edwards said Monti drove trucks for a living so any loss of licence would hinder his employment.
The defence lawyer asked the magistrate to consider a monetary penalty.
Magistrate Alan Spillane said Monti had acted like a 15-year-old during the "simply outrageous" offending.
But Mr Spillane said he accepted Monti had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and had no prior criminal history.
The magistrate convicted and fined Monti $750. He was also ordered to pay $500 in compensation to the victim.
Mr Spillane said he did not think it was appropriate to suspend or disqualify Monti from driving.
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