A man has been placed on a good behaviour bond four years after a fight in the beer garden of Wilsons nightclub.
Rhys Teidman, 28, appeared at Horsham Magistrates' Court via video link on Thursday and pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful assault.
The court was told on August 27, 2017, Teidman, a co-accused, and the victim were drinking in the rear beer garden of the venue.
CCTV footage showed Teidman approach the victim at 2.15am and yelled in his face.
The victim headbutted Teidman in self-defence and attempted to walk off when he was grabbed by the co-accused, who punched him in the face four times.
Teidman joined the fray, also striking the victim in the face.
The victim fell to the ground, where nearby patrons broke up the fight.
Police attended the nightclub at 2.27am and found the victim slumped against a wall.
The victim was taken to Wimmera Base Hospital and received six stitches to the left side of his face.
The court was told Teidman had moved to the Surf Coast since the incident in 2017.
Magistrate Tim Walsh said Teidman was "lucky" the victim had not sustained serious injuries.
"Violence in clubs at half-past two in the morning is not a good idea. It can only end in tears," Mr Walsh said.
"It is very lucky for you and (co-accused) that the victim did not sustain any more serious injuries."
Teidman was sentenced to a six-month good behaviour bond without recording a conviction.
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