In a court appearance on January 24, 60-year-old Ronald Thomas Newstead, of Parkes Street, pleaded guilty to charges of affray and common assault.
Represented by solicitor June Langfield, Newstead, described as being "held in high regard" by his employer, faced the court in relation to a "long-standing dispute" resulting in a physical altercation.
The court acknowledged the incident was a matter in which Newstead should have acted differently, as stated by Ms Langfield.
The court heard from the police facts tendered, the altercation originated from a verbal dispute about work ethic at the end of a shared shift.
Newstead confronted the victim, blaming him for finishing later than usual.
Police said, during the confrontation, the victim, clad only in a towel, replied to Newstead, who then charged towards him.
As the altercation escalated, police said the victim found himself defending against Newstead and a co-accused in a physical struggle while naked.
The victim reported feeling pressure around his neck, and as it became greater he feared for his personal safety.
Police said, while attending Newstead's residence they received full admission from him regarding his involvement in the incident.
For the charge of affray, Newstead received a 12-month Conditional Release Order, and for common assault, he was fined $500.
Additionally, revoked breaches incurred a penalty of $700.