A tradesman who was filmed bashing an elderly man after he cut off his ute with his Porsche says he was only acting in ‘self-defence’.
Shocking dashcam footage of the violent brawl shows the labourer going head-to-head with the elderly man in the middle of the road at Lawnton in Brisbane as his tradesman friend watched on.
In the video, a man in high-vis clothing is shown getting out of his ute and charging at the driver of the Porsche, who had pulled up behind him.
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The video shows the tradesman repeatedly punching 74-year-old Leslie Nangle until he falls over on the road between two cars.
As the elderly man gets back on his feet and tries to fight back, the labourer lashes out until Mr Nangle falls over again in the middle of the road.
During the ordeal, the workman’s colleague watches on as the two men continue to throw punches at each other, before the pair flee to their ute and make a getaway.
It’s understood the brawl started after Mr Nangle cut off the tradesman’s ute a few hundred metres down Gympie Road.
Speaking to 9News, the labourers denied any wrongdoing, claiming the elderly man ‘threw the first punch’.
Dale Reigos, who is seen throwing punches at Mr Nangle, claimed he acted in self-defence, saying Mr Nangle was putting his life in danger by starting the fight.
‘If someone’s coming at you, trying to grab me, what are you going to do?’ Mr Reigos said.
His work mate, Brent Leitner, told the publication the pair only stopped the elderly man to ask him ‘why the hell did you do that?’
Mr Nangle said the scuffle was unprovoked and he required seven stitches for cuts from the incident.
‘There was no other reason for them to come out and at me like that but to attack me and I knew what was coming so I fronted up,’ Mr Nangle said.
One witness, who asked to referred to as Sharon, told 9News she was surprised the elderly man got up after being knocked down by the tradesman.
‘I was surprised he actually got up a second time and was still conscious because of the way they threw him down and then the blood ran all down his face and onto his chest,’ the woman said.
A police investigation is currently underway but Mr Nangle told the publication he doesn’t want to lay charges against the two men.