A Towradgi labourer instigated a brutal, unprovoked attack against another man on Friday afternoon, kicking him in the face and leaving him with a fractured skull, Wollongong Local Court has heard.
Corey Swan is accused of jumping and kicking the man in the face at a busy Balgownie intersection, in front of nearby pedestrians, causing him to fall to the ground before passing out.
Police claim the 23-year-old was on Ellengowan Crescent just after 5pm when he saw the man, aged 26, on the opposite side of the road.
It is alleged Swan crossed the road to confront the man, yelling out ‘‘you’re a dog’’ while the man tried to ignore him.
When the man refused to respond, Swan allegedly started following him, continuing to call out.
The pair then reached the Balgownie Road intersection where the man finally replied: ‘‘I’m a dog.’’
Police claim witnesses then saw Swan jump and kick the man in the face, knocking him to the ground.
The alleged victim immediately fell backwards, hitting the road heavily and losing consciousness.
Swan allegedly saw the man was not moving but walked away.
An off-duty police officer, who saw the assault, immediately followed Swan and arrested him.
Swan allegedly then told police: ‘‘I kicked him, it was a brain snap.’’
He claimed the man had reported an incident, which caused police to attend his home, and he decided to interrogate him, allegedly admitting that he ‘‘just threw my leg up at his face’’.
Swan was later charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm and affray.
The man regained consciousness but appeared disoriented, confused and had a large cut on his head.
He was rushed to Wollongong Hospital where he was treated for a fractured skull.
He remains in a serious but stable condition.
Opposing Swan’s bid for bail on Saturday, the lawyer acting for the police, Michael Knight, told the court the attack was ‘‘brutal, vicious and unprovoked’’ and there was a need to protect the community.
The court was told Swan would agree to stay away from the alleged victim and witnesses, would report to police daily and could live with his mother.
Registrar Kathy Frost refused bail, and Swan is set to reappear in court on Wednesday.