A Mildura father says anger got the better of him during an early-morning assault outside an Irymple service station.

Caleb Shaw, 19, pleaded guilty to recklessly causing injury at Mildura Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Police told the court Shaw and his girlfriend went to the Irymple OTR at 1.50am on June 26 last year.

His victim was at the service station with three friends.

Shaw and the victim were acquaintances for four years but hadn’t seen each other in the previous 18 months.

Shaw waited by the victim’s car for him to return.

A brief conversation was had, but the victim didn’t immediately recognise Shaw.

Without provocation Shaw punched the victim to the left eye with a closed fist.

“I’m Caleb Shaw, d***head,” he told the victim.

Shaw then punched his victim’s right eye, followed by the left eye for a second time.

After about 30 seconds, the victim eventually got away and left in his car.

Shaw claimed in court that before the incident, the victim had been making threats about his child and about entering his house.

“Anger got the better of me,” Shaw said.

Magistrate Michael Coghlan said the victim had been left with a black eye.

Mr Coghlan told Shaw if there had been threats, “there’s things you can do”.

“You can report that to the police or seek an intervention order or otherwise,” Mr Coghlan said.

Shaw was fined $400 without conviction

Extracted in full from: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/mildura/caleb-shaw-teens-shock-assault-outside-irymple-otr-petrol-station/news-story/76d28286cbb10d06dced416e6bb99516