A 51-year-old Invercargill man chased people off his property before assaulting four party-goers late last year, a jury in the Invercargill District Court was told yesterday.
Gregory Claxton, 51, pleaded not guilty to four charges - wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, wounding with intent to injure, injuring with intent, and assault using a gardening implement as a weapon.
The offences are alleged to have been committed on December 2.
Crown prosecutor Mary-Jane Thomas, in her opening address, said on the evening of December 1 a party with loud music was being held in a Nelson St house.
Claxton, who also lived in Nelson St, banged on the fence a couple of times and asked the party-goers to quieten down, she said.
About 12.20am on December 2, some of the party-goers went outside to wait for a taxi when they noticed a vehicle had been spray-painted and assumed Claxton had done it, she said.
Two members of the group went to Claxton's house and he chased them off his property while armed with a wooden-handled fish spear before hitting the female victim, who was standing on the side of the road waiting for a taxi, Ms Thomas said.
Back at his house, Claxton picked up a piece of wood and hit another man with it, she said.
Claxton also assaulted two other people, she said.
Defence lawyer Hugo Young said Claxton was scared for his own safety and acted in self-defence.
Mr Young also said Claxton did not have an intention to cause grievous bodily harm because he did not know he had been striking one of the victims with a sharp-ended garden item.
The female victim, who was 18 at the time, told the jury she had been standing on the street waiting for a taxi when she was whacked across the forehead.
"I started freaking out . . . blood was running down my face."
She said she was taken to hospital, where she received stitches.
The trial, before Judge Kevin Phillips, continues today.
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