A Warrawong man has confessed to king hitting another patron inside the Grand Hotel, leaving him with multiple facial fractures.
Jamie Addison briefly faced Wollongong District Court on Friday, where Judge Andrew Haesler adjourned his matter to May 19 for a sentence hearing to take place.
Court documents reveal the male victim was playing the poker machines with his girlfriend and another female friend at the hotel around 2am on June 26 last year when Addison approached them and asked if he could have a cigarette.
The victim’s girlfriend replied ‘no’, prompting Addison to walk away.
Two minutes later Addison re-entered the pokie room and threw a lit cigarette at the woman, which hit her in the chest area and bounced onto one of the machines.
The victim confronted Adidson, saying “what the f—k are you doing, show some respect for women”.
Addison then rushed at the victim, causing him to fall backwards.
The pair had a brief scuffle before separating and moving away from each other.
Addison entered the pool room nearby and began watching the victim from afar, while concealing himself behind a concrete column.
A short time later, after the victim had finished speaking with a security guard, Addison ran up behind him and king hit him to the right side of the face.
Court documents said the man didn’t see the punch coming and stumbled due to the impact of the hit.
Addison ran into the pool room and armed himself with a wooden snooker cue.
Security guards were ultimately able to disarm him.
He was quickly ejected from the pub.
The victim later told police he went home and feel asleep, however woke up a few hours later in “excruciating” pain and was unable to talk, eat, or open his mouth.
He went to hospital where it was discovered he had fractures to his cheek bone, upper jaw and eye socket.
He underwent surgery at Prince of Wales Hospital and had to have screws and metal plates inserted into the bone in his face.
The court heard he continues to have sensory deficits below his right eye and was unable to return to work for four month.
Addison was arrested on July 16 after police reviewed CCTV footage of the incident.
He was charged with one count of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
He pleaded guilty to the charge in Wollongong Local Court earlier this month, however the matter was transferred to the NSW District Court for sentencing given the serious nature of the incident.
Judge Haesler continued Addison’s bail in court on Friday.