A Warrawong man has been refused bail accused of kicking a neighbour in the face and splitting his eyebrow open during a violent robbery at a Northcliffe Drive apartment complex.
Police allege Alan Taylor confronted the man, who he apparently thought was selling “pot” to his partner, at the front door of his home around 3pm on September 11, initially demanding money before the alleged assault took place.
Police documents tendered to the court during Taylor’s bail application on Tuesday said the victim was about to enter his home when Taylor came up behind him and said “give me a hundred dollars or I will come in and taking everything”.
The victim told Taylor to “piss off”, prompting Taylor to punch him in the face, it is alleged.
The victim punched Taylor back and a scuffle ensued, with both men trading blows, eventually resulting in the victim falling to the ground.
It is alleged Taylor kicked him “three of four times” in the head and face, with one kick connecting just above the man’s right eye, causing a 2cm-long gash to open up.
The victim later told police he managed to push Taylor away and get inside the house, however his wallet fell out of his pocket in the process.
He said he saw Taylor pick it up and remove the cash contents before fleeing.
The man soon discovered $400 had been taken, it is alleged.
Police carried out a forensic examination of the scene while paramedics took the victim to hospital where he was treated for the wound of his head, plus a host of other injuries including two black eyes, a suspected broken nose and cuts and scratches on his face.
Taylor was arrested a week later. He allegedly admitted to the fight but claimed he was acting in self defence.
In court on Tuesday, Magistrate Chris McRobert refused to release the 49-year-old on account of his “extensive” criminal record and fears for the safety of the victim and the community if he was granted bail.