A fist fight at Ararat McDonalds car park has resulted in a man being placed on a good behaviour bond.
Trevor Linton, 20, appeared at Ararat Magistrates' Court on Friday, and pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful assault.
On March 6 2021, Linton and the two victims were drinking at the Leopold Hotel.
The victims, a man and a woman, left the hotel at 1am and drove with friends to Ararat McDonalds at 2.30am later in the night.
While sitting in the McDonalds carpark the victims noticed Linton exit a taxi and sit down. Linton got up and began banging on the front of the victims' car to gain their attention.
The first victim got out of the vehicle and was punched in the head by Linton, retaliating with his own punch. Linton hit the victim a further three times until both started wrestling each other.
The court was told the victim overpowered Linton and nearby friends stepped in to break the fight up.
Linton then grabbed the second victim, a woman nearby, by the back of her neck and pushed her to the ground, where she sustained minor injuries to her legs.
Police arrived at the scene and separated both parties, arresting Linton and bringing him back to the Ararat police station, where he made a full admission of his crime.
Linton said to police he got out of the taxi because he was feeling unwell and thought the victims yelled something at him, provoking him to confront them.
He also said he pushed the other victim down because "she got in my face".
Magistrate Letizia Torres reprimanded Linton for his behaviour on the night and warned him on the dangers of excessive drinking.
"I take into account that you are a young person and have not got in trouble with the police before," Ms Torres said.
"You need to understand that this behaviour is completely unacceptable. Sometimes it doesn't matter if you drink very often, if you drink on occasion and drink too much other people can get hurt.
"I hope you understand that and from now on you make sure you are in control of your actions in the moment so you do not hurt anyone else."
Linton was placed on a one year good behaviour bond and ordered to pay $400.
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