A MAN involved in a road rage incident intends to fight the charges, arguing he is the victim.
Ben Hill was charged following the violent dispute on Carrolls Road at Rosewhite in May.
It’s alleged he punched the victim after a game of cat and mouse between their two cars, leaving him with injuries.
It’s also alleged Hill damaged the other man’s car by throwing a beer can.
He recently told Wodonga magistrate Ian Watkins he was the victim in the matter.
His lawyer argued that in such cases, whoever gets to the police first is considered the victim, and their story is believed.
Hill, who has a long white beard and tattoo on his neck, gave his account of what had occurred.
By his version, the alleged victim was in a four-wheel-drive and had driven behind his car with powerful high beam lights on.
The court heard Hill had put his lights on to show the other driver what he was doing, leading to the game of cat and mouse, before Hill put his hand out the window to tell the other driver to stop.
He was surprised when the other driver pulled over his vehicle.
The incident ended with the front of Hill’s Ford being smashed and injuries to the other driver.
Police will call five witnesses, including a forensic expert, with Hill claiming he was struck in the mouth.
The other man was hospitalised after the incident and was said to have been shaken.
Four witnesses will be called for the defence, including a dentist.
Self defence will be an issue at the hearing.
Hill is facing six charges, with the matter to return to Wodonga court on March 18 for special mention, followed by a two day hearing on May 8 and 9.