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Father who punched another parent in the back of the head in a sickening surprise attack during a children's footy game AVOIDS jail

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 9/10/2019 Adam Mccleery

A father who was involved in a wild brawl at an under nine's junior football game has avoided a jail term for assaulting another spectator.

Semisi Paea, 35, was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray after punching Scott Ventham during the wild brawl on June 29 near Sydney. 

The wild brawl was filmed by a stunned spectator and shows a number of men throwing punches at one another, 7NEWS reported.

Paea, from Seven Hills, fronted the Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to all charges. 

a young boy who is smiling at the camera: Semisi Paea, 35, was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm after a fight during an under 9s match in western Sydney in June © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Semisi Paea, 35, was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm after a fight during an under 9s match in western Sydney in June

The court heard Paea admitted to police shortly after the incident that he was guilty, The Daily Telegraph reported. 

Instead of a jail sentence Magistrate Leanne Robinson ordered Paea to undertake a 'nine and 15-month intensive correction order', concurrently. 

The court was told the incident was sparked by Paea being vocal from the sidelines prompting match official Stanford Webster to ask that he leave the ground.

At which point a co-accused went onto the field and challenged Mr Webster to a fight before punching him. 

'A spectator, Scott Ventham, saw the co-accused punch Mr Webster and tackled him to the ground,' the police fact sheet said. 

A moment later Paea ran onto the field of play and punched Mr Ventham in the back of the head. 

All while the young boys were forced to watch on.

In the mobile phone video, other parents and spectators are heard screaming for the violence to end.

One man was left with a broken jaw after the exchange, which took place during a game between the Kellyville Bushrangers and Rouse Hill Rhinos at a ground in Kellyville.  

Mr Paea faced court on Wednesday and did not enter a plea. 

One man was left with a broken jaw after the exchange which took place during a game between the Kellyville Bushrangers and Rouse Hill Rhinos © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited One man was left with a broken jaw after the exchange which took place during a game between the Kellyville Bushrangers and Rouse Hill Rhinos His bail was continued on the stipulation he does not try to contact the alleged victim or attend any games between the two clubs. 

After his first court appearance in August Paea did not offer any comment regarding the incident.

'Get out of my face before I put someone to sleep,' Mr Paea said upon exiting the court house.  

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