A Mount Keira man accused of whipping a stranger’s child with a dog lead says he is innocent of the assault.
Andrew Slattery, 55, made a brief first appearance at Wollongong courthouse on Tuesday morning.
He stands accused of assaulting an eight-year-old boy, causing actual bodily harm, the evening of May 15.
The alleged assault occurred when Slattery and the boy crossed paths at Roy Johanson Park in West Wollongong. The boy went home with a welt to his back, in the shape of a metal snap hook.
Slattery was arrested on June 23 and released on conditional bail.
He departed court on Tuesday with a supporter at his side, after the court’s registrar recorded his plea of not guilty.
The matter will return to court on August 29.