A jury trial for a 28-year-old man accused of hitting a person multiple times with a hammer started in the Invercargill District Court today.
John Daniel Hepburn has pleaded not guilty to two charges of injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in Lumsden on August 10 last year.
Crown lawyer Riki Donnelly said Hepburn hit a man in the back of the head with a hammer causing him to fall to the ground following an argument.
While the man was on the ground Hepburn kicked him and hit him multiple times with the hammer, Mr Donnelly said.
Another man went to his aid and was also hit around the face with the hammer by Hepburn, Mr Donnelly said.
Defence lawyer Sonia Vidal said her client had said there was an incident at the house between himself and the complainants but he did not use the hammer.
The hammer was used by another person, she said.
The trial, before Judge Field, continues.
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