Footage has emerged of the moment two family groups clashed in a wild confrontation in which a man fired a rifle and chased a car with a baseball bat.
Frederick Denis Cameron was sentenced to two years and 10 months’ imprisonment on Friday over the incident on his farm at Bowhill, east of Adelaide, in February.
Shocking video of the skirmish was filmed by the victims from the confines of their car.
Despite Cameron being filmed smashing windows and shooting a rifle multiple times, District Court Judge Gordon Barrett said both sides need to take some responsibility, the Advertiser reported.
Cameron can be seen in the footage chasing down a car while brandishing a baseball bat, only moments after shooting a bolt-action rifle into the air.
Cameron claimed the car was trespassing on his property and believed he was within his rights to defend himself.
The incident unfolded a day after an alleged road rage incident between the car’s occupants and Cameron’s son.
The men in the car, who were filming, told the court they were on Cameron’s property to photograph the car ‘that was involved in the incident the day before’.
Instead, what they captured on camera was a sequence of reckless driving, gunshots and violence.
The police were shown footage taken on a mobile phone of a black Holden sedan careering past them along Cameron’s paddocks, heading their car off as they approached the house on a gravel driveway.
Cameron can be seen exiting his car as both come to a stop, and reaching under a jet ski in his shed for a rifle.
He fired a single shot into the air, presumably as a warning.
Despite the gunshot, the intruders remained filming in their car as a furious Cameron screamed abuse and took a swing at their car with a baseball bat.
Several other men also tried to reach the car, armed with bats and a crowbar.
The intruders appeared to egg on Cameron, telling him they would be showing the video to police.
‘The police are getting this, yeah, the police,’ the cameraman said repeatedly.
‘Come on, keep it going.’
‘You damaged the car,’ he can be heard saying.
The men commented that they heard a second gunshot, as they were met by another group of men around the corner of the house, who broke another window.
The final charges weren’t laid until days after police were shown the footage because police could not locate the rifle.
Three days after the video was taken, Cameron’s son approached police, who soon after found the weapon abandoned 3km away from the property.
Initially, the son supported his father’s version of events, saying he didn’t know anything about a gun.
Judge Barrett brought this up at Cameron’s sentencing.
‘In his statement to the police, [one of your sons] said that he was more scared of you than he was of getting into trouble with the police.’
Cameron is the sole offender who has been jailed over the confrontation, in large part due to prior convictions, the judge said.
Cameron has a criminal record that dates back to his teens, as well as a 2014 offence of possessing a crossbow and an unregistered sawn-off shotgun.
Judge Barrett dismissed Cameron’s claim that the shotgun in the 2014 arrest was for ‘target practice’ and to put down injured or distressed sheep.
‘No one seems to have said anything about how unsuitable a sawnoff shotgun would be in putting down a distressed sheep or [for] target practice,’ Judge Barrett said.
Cameron has been jailed for two years and 10 months and will be eligible for parole next August.
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