A man who claimed self-defence after being involved in a midday affray near a shopping centre was given a custodial sentence in Orange Local Court on Wednesday.
The fight took place in the car park driveway next to the Lord Anson Hotel between 12.02pm and 12.05pm on July 17, 2018 in front of people of varying ages.
Albert James Bates, also known as Sonny, 60, of Turner Crescent, pleaded not guilty but was found guilty and convicted at a hearing in Orange Local Court and the matter was adjourned to this week.
Camera phone and CCTV footage from the affray between Bates and Jake Powell, whose families had a history of hatred towards each other, was shown during the initial hearing.
Solicitor Mick Madden said the footage showed Bates with his hands up in a defensive position and he said a co-accused had repeatedly yelled personal insults at him and Bates needed to defend himself.
Mr Madden said the confrontation took place after Bates walked past Powell inside the shopping centre and the next part was confirmed by CCTV.
MAP: The fight started in the driveway next to the Lord Anson and continued onto Anson Street ...
"Mr Bates walks away, the co-accused follows him. The co-accused is in front, he's taunted him he's gesturing to fight him," Mr Madden said.
"Mr Bates went to walk away again and that's when he engaged in the fight.
"When he did engage he engaged for too long and he should have walked away."
The affray became more serious and traffic was stopped on Anson Street after Bate's son Callum Bates joined the fight taking over from his father.
Mr Madden said Bates continued to receive taunts on social media but had to find another way to deal with them.
Magistrate David Day said the affray was serious.
"[It was] in full view of the public," Mr Day said.
He said the offence was aggravated by Bates' lengthy criminal record which included convictions for violence and a term of imprisonment.
However, Mr Day said the frequency of Bates' offending had slowed down in the past five years.
Bates was convicted and given a community-based custodial sentence by way of a 12-month intensive correction order.
The order will require Bates to take part in rehabilitation and includes a non-association order with Powell or his partner.
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