A 28-year-old man is on trial in the Invercargill District Court accused of hitting two people with a hammer.
The trial started yesterday for John Daniel Hepburn, 28, who has pleaded not guilty to two charges of injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in Lumsden on August 10 last year.
Crown prosecutor Riki Donnelly, in his opening address, said on the evening of August 10, people, including the two complainants, were socialising at a house in Lumsden when another group of people arrived.
Hepburn got into a fight with a man and hit him on the back of the head with a hammer, causing him to fall to the ground, Mr Donnelly said.
While the man was on the ground, Hepburn started kicking him and hit him several times with the hammer, he said.
Another man had noticed what was happening and rushed to the man's aid but Hepburn also hit him around the face with the hammer. Hepburn then left the house, he said.
Defence lawyer Sonia Vidal said her client had said there was an incident at the house between him and the complainants but he did not use the hammer at all.
The hammer was used by another person, she said.
While questioning the second complainant, Ms Vidal put it to him that he was not struck in the face with the hammer by Hepburn and that, instead, his injuries had resulted from a fist fight he had been involved in that night.
The man did not agree.
The trial, before Judge C J Field, continues today.
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