Two men have been refused bail over allegations they forced their way inside a Berkeley unit and attacked its occupants.
Cringila man Brian Maarbani, Port Kembla man Trent Arndell and a third man allegedly turned up at the Winnima Way unit block at 11.40pm on Wednesday, after visiting the Berkeley Hotel earlier that evening.
The trio allegedly knocked softly on the front door before forcing their way inside the unit when one of the male occupants came to answer the door.
It is alleged Arndell, 20, and the third man used their fists, a bottle and a piece of wood to assault one of the men inside the unit, telling him he was a ‘‘racist dog’’.
Maarbani, 36 is accused of attacking the other male occupant, allegedly punching him in the nose and the jaw.
The trio allegedly left when a neighbour yelled out that she’d called the police.
The injured men allegedly identified Arndell, who police arrested, along with Maarbani, an hour later at a property a few streets away from the crime scene.
Arresting officers allegedly found Arndell in possession of one of the men’s wallets, which contained his identification.
When questioned by police, Maarbani claimed to have had no involvement in the attacks at all, telling officers CCTV footage from the Berkeley Hotel would show he was there until after midnight.
Both men yestwerday indicated they would fight the allegations and sought release on bail in the interim.
However, Magistrate Michael Stoddart refused to grant either application, saying the prosecution case against both men appeared to be strong and they faced a likely prison sentence if convicted.
The court heard Arndell was on parole at the time of the alleged offence, having served a prison term for a violent wounding matter, while Maarbani had a lengthy criminal record.
The cases will return to court next month.