A Mount Warrigal father who attacked a man with a metal pole has claimed the assault was retaliation for the man hitting his young son.
Aaron Hegedus, 23, admitted to arming himself with a large iron bar before turning up at the victim’s Warilla home along with two other people on the night of December 19 last year, ready for a fight.
A set of police facts tendered to Wollongong Local Court said the male victim had been asleep in his bed when he was woken around 10.30pm by a friend banging on his bedroom window and yelling to him to wake up as he had "trouble coming".
The man armed himself with a small iron bar and walked outside of his home. At the time he heard voices coming from a nearby street. Moments later, Hegedus and the two co-accused arrived at the victim’s house, along with a number of small children.
Hegedus and another man were armed with metal poles, while the third co-accused, a woman, was armed with a child’s scooter.
Hegedus accused the victim of hitting his 10-year-old son, an allegation the victim denied and told Hegedus to leave the property. However, Hegedus ignored the request and jumped the front fence, running towards the man while swinging the iron bar in his direction.
The two co-accused also joined Hegedus, with the male grabbing the victim in a tackle.
At the same time Hegedus swung the pole towards the victim, hitting him across the head.
The trio then left the property.
Witnesses stopped to assist the injured man, who was taken to Shellharbour Hospital for treatment to a 10-centimetre gash on his head.
Police attempted to speak with Hegedus about the incident the following month, but he initially refused to be interviewed and denied any knowledge of the assault.
However, during the same conversation he said to police: ‘‘So what, he can hit a 10-year-old, can he? Can I make a complaint to you about him assaulting a 10-year-old boy then?"
Hegedus was arrested on unrelated matters in February. While in custody he was charged with reckless wounding over the December assault.
The case will return to court on December 11 for sentencing.