A witness's version of events was yesterday put under scrutiny by the defence lawyer for a former Eltham publican charged with violence.
Jason Dunlop continued his evidence at the trial of Bryce Graeme Robins, 55, at the Whanganui District Court yesterday.
The trial is set down for six days.
Robins, who played for the All Blacks in the 1980s, is charged with causing Michael John Hardgrave grievous bodily harm with intent of causing him grievous bodily harm at Robins' Central Tavern in Eltham on Easter Monday 2010.
The Crown alleges Robins was part of a group of men who assaulted Mr Hardgrave after he broke two windows in the tavern following a disagreement.
In CCTV footage played to the jury, Robins could be seen hitting Mr Dunlop inside the tavern as he tried to pay for the broken windows.
Mr Dunlop told the court on Monday that he didn't want to pay but didn't have much of a choice because his "mate was getting kicked to death" outside.
Robins' defence counsel, Philip Morgan QC, questioned how many times Mr Dunlop believed he had been hit that night.
When Mr Dunlop said once, Mr Morgan suggested it was what was shown on the footage.
But Mr Dunlop maintained he felt "discomfort" to his face when he was outside and had no memory of the punch inside the tavern.
Mr Morgan said Mr Dunlop's memory of events didn't entirely match up with what was shown, including the timing of people walking in and out and who was around him after being punched to the ground.
Later in the day, the jury of seven women and five men heard briefly from one of the men involved in the attack.
He said he saw Mr Hardgrave getting agitated with Robins before Mr Hardgrave left the tavern and broke the windows.
The man then told the court he grabbed a pool ball and went outside to confront whoever had broken the windows.
After a "scuffle" with Mr Hardgrave he then attempted to pull another man off the victim before returning inside.
He said he saw Robins punch Mr Dunlop while he was standing at the bar, but Robins didn't go outside again until police arrived.
Crown prosecutor Lance Rowe then asked to speak with Judge David Cameron without the jury present.
The trial will continue today.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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