Mongols president Toby Mitchell fronts court following alleged South Yarra affray
Mr Sheales told the Melbourne Magistrate Court his client had called police after learning they were investigating him over the alleged incident before investigators turned up at his home.
"What Mr Mitchell does is slap [the victim] with an open hand three times and the fellow doesn't even lose his drink. It's the most minor incident in the world,” he said.
"Why didn't you just ring him up and ask him to come in?
"You can see his face on the footage, you can see it's him."
Mr Mitchell, who appeared in court via video link due to COVID-19 restrictions, sat calmly through the brief hearing, wearing a black and white tracksuit and a blue surgical face mask.
He was charged with affray, intentionally causing injury, common law assault and unlawful assault.
Police informant Senior Constable Lauren Kane told the court the victim had refused to make a statement about the alleged assault and was "in fear of his life", forcing police to seize CCTV footage from the nearby area to investigate the matter.
She said the footage showed Mr Mitchell, the president of the Melbourne Mongols chapter, repeatedly hit the victim to the face as the man held a beer and attempted to retreat back into the cafe while members of the public watched on.
"The third strike to the victim’s face is with such force that it causes the accused to fall over," she said.
"Investigators obtained the victim's medical records and discovered he attended The Alfred hospital on Sunday the 4th of October 2020 and was treated for a suspected facial fracture."
The officer said that days later, Mr Mitchell and "10 to 15" fellow Mongols members were then seen outside the cafe in a display of "intimidation".
"He's well known to members of the public. People fear him due to his notoriety," Senior Constable Kane said.
The reason for the dispute remains unknown.
Despite police opposition, Magistrate John Bentley granted Mr Mitchell bail on the conditions he not associate with other Mongols outlaw motorcycle club members, not leave Victoria, not contact prosecution witnesses or go within 150 metres of the South Yarra cafe.
Mr Mitchell is expected to return to court in March.
Erin covers crime for The Age. Most recently she was a police reporter at the Geelong Advertiser.