Pub brawl becomes chainsaw rage

A MAN seeking revenge on a group of males he had just fought with, returned with a chainsaw before allegedly swinging the started machine at one man, narrowly missing his neck, a court has heard. 

The Good Samaritan, who tried to reason with James Dickson, 34, about 3am Sunday in Main Street, Bacchus Marsh, was lucky to walk away with only scratches. 

Dickson, of Blackwood, was refused bail in Ballarat Magistrates Court this afternoon. 

His charges include reckless conduct endangering life, reckless conduct endangering injury, assault and making threats to kill. 

Opposing Dickson's bail, Moorabool Criminal Investigation Unit Detective Sergeant Tony Coxall said Dickson had been drinking at the Young and Main Hotel on Saturday night with a female friend when the pair allegedly became involved in a scuffle with a group of people while standing at a nearby taxi rank.

"The accused said he'd cut his throat" - Det Sgt Coxall

"Witnesses state the accused has struck a male to the back of the head in an unprovoked attack," Detective Sergeant Coxall said. 

The court heard Dickson then ran to his car about 500 metres away before grabbing the chainsaw and running back towards the group. 

Detective Sergeant Coxall said Dickson started the chainsaw in Main Street before a male, who had not been involved in the previous fight, tried to calm him down. 

"The accused said he'd cut his throat," Detective Sergeant Coxall said. 

He said Dickson allegedly took two "swiping motions" towards the man, missing his throat by "an inch".

The court heard Dickson was jumped by a number of men and held until police arrived to arrest him. 

Magistrate Peter Mithen refused Dickson's bail application and said the alleged offending was far too serious. 

Mr Mithen also said Dickson had failed to appear on bail on three occasions in the past. Dickson was remanded to re-appear on May 8 for a committal mention hearing.

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