A Wollongong man has denied allegations he repeatedly hit his neighbour with a piece of wood during a dispute over dogs.
Glen Ireland, 61, faced Wollongong Local Court yesterday on charges stemming from the incident, which allegedly left the victim with injuries to his hand and forearm.
Police documents tendered to the court said the male neighbour was getting ready to take his labrador for a walk about 7am when he was attacked.
He told police he was moments away from leaving his Corrimal Street unit when the dog pushed the door open and walked into a courtyard between his unit complex and an adjoining block.
At the time Ireland had his small dog in the courtyard, however, after the victim’s dog entered the common area, he picked up his animal and returned to his own unit.
Police allege Ireland then armed himself with a 78 centimetre piece of wood, described by officers as ‘‘a pick or mattock handle’’ and made his way to the victim’s unit, pushing the door open and confronting him.
Ireland allegedly said to the man: ‘‘I’ve had it with you purposely letting your dog out to agitate me.’’
The man replied: ‘‘Glen, you’re in my home, how dare you come in here and threaten me.’’
Ireland promptly hit the victim in the leg with the wooden handle, causing him to fall over, police allege.
Documents before the court accuse Ireland of hitting his neighbour with the implement twice more, on the forearm and hand.
Ireland left the unit when another neighbour intervened.
The victim was taken to Wollongong Hospital for treatment, while police who attended the scene arrested Ireland.
He fronted court yesterday on two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and entering a building to commit a serious offence. He denied the allegations against him and entered not guilty pleas to both offences.
Magistrate Michael Stoddart agreed to release Ireland on strict conditional bail, ordering him not to approach the victim at all.
The court heard Ireland had previous matters of violence on his record, however they dated back to the 1970s and ’80s.
The case will return to court later this year.