A witness has described how firefighters used an angle grinder to cut a metal pole from a teenager’s head after a house party turned violent on Sydney’s north shore.
Liam Knight suffered permanent brain damage after gatecrashers allegedly threw building material from the roof of a garden shed at the party in Forestville just before midnight on January 11 last year.
Mr Knight, who was 17 at the time, fell into a coma after a long metal reinforcing bar speared his skull.
Jimmy Angelo Tupou, 19, and another person known only as DS have been charged over the alleged attack and are standing trial at Sydney’s Downing Centre District Court.
Hamish Morgan Bradshaw was one of three people informally employed as security guards at the party.
He told the trial that he found Mr Knight lying unconscious in the backyard at the party with the metal pole sticking out of his temple, following a brief commotion.
“I saw the boy on the ground; there were two other youths next to him and there was a metal rod in his temple,” Mr Bradshaw told the trial on Friday.
“After that there was a bit of panic and I said `he’s still alive and we shouldn’t move him because he was having spasms through his arms’.”
Mr Bradshaw said emergency services arrived a short time later, including firefighters.
“They worked to cut off the rod about 20, maybe 30 millimetres off his head with an angle grinder,” he added.
Mr Bradshaw was asked to act as a security guard by Phillip Staples – who threw the party for his son Harry’s 18th birthday.
Mr Bradshaw said he only discovered Mr Knight, a friend of Harry Staples, after hearing a commotion and seeing a group of people jumping over the back fence at the party.
DS has pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
He has also pleaded guilty to five other charges including reckless wounding causing actual bodily harm, two counts of assault, unlawful violence and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Tupou has pleaded not guilty to recklessly causing grievous bodily harm in company, reckless wounding causing actual bodily harm and using unlawful violence.
It’s alleged the pair gatecrashed the party before hurling building materials.
The trial continues.