Father's trial for injuring toddler delayed

A Unanderra father accused of inflicting serious head injuries on his two-year-old daughter will face a trial in Sydney later this year.

The trial of the 26-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was due to start in Wollongong District Court yesterday but will now be heard in a Sydney court.

The man was arrested over the alleged attack on the toddler in November 2010 after police responded to reports a child had suffered a brain and head injury at a Unanderra home.

He is yet to enter pleas to charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

In 2011, Judge Paul Conlon ruled that the man was unfit to be tried and referred the matter to the NSW Mental Health Review tribunal.

The accused remained silent during the fitness hearing, which heard he had generally refused to speak to doctors or his solicitor about the case.

It is understood the matter was returned to the court after the tribunal found the man was fit to stand trial.

The man also failed to speak during yesterday's proceedings. A date for the trial is expected to be determined today.

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