A Wollongong man has confessed to accidentally stabbing another man in the arm during a dispute with a would-be business partner on New Year's Eve.
Zoran Todoroski, 56, pleaded guilty to charges of reckless wounding and entering land with intent in Wollongong Local Court last week after a disagreement with a potential property investor turned nasty.
Documents tendered to the court reveal Todoroski had previously approached the man about a joint investment but the man had shown no interest.
However, Todoroski contacted the man again on December 31 last year while he was hosting a New Year's Eve to press him about the development proposal.
The man told Todorski he'd speak to him later in the week, but Todoroski became angry and began abusing the man via text message, then in a phone call.
The man later told police he gave Todoroski "an earful" before the conversation ended.
A short time later, Todoroski arrived at the man's house where the party was in full swing.
Todoroski stood in the driveway and announced "I'm here, I am here", at which time the man could see him holding two knives.
The man told Todoroski "what the f--k do you think you are, coming here with two knives" before arming himself with a shovel out of fear. The man swung the shovel in front of him but tripped and fell over.
Todoroski then stood over the man, who grabbed the large knife from Todoroski's hand and the pair began to wrestle. At one point, one of the knives snapped in half and the two men continued wrestling over the second knife. Meanwhile, one of the man's house guests intervened and tried to separate the pair.
The guest picked up the broken knife from the ground and put it on a nearby table, at which time he realised he was bleeding from a puncture wound on the top of his right forearm.
The wrestle eventually came to a stop and Todoroski was told to leave the house.
He later sent his would-be business partner a text message saying "I could have cut you to bits when you took a swing with the shovel and fell on your ass. I didn't want to. I don't have a bad heart. You were very pissed...you are very lucky you will see 2020. Happy f--ken (sic) new year!"
Neither man's injuries were deemed serious but the forearm wound required stitching.
Meanwhile, police arrested Todoroski two weeks later.
He told officers he had no recollection of incident, saying he'd drunk two 700ml bottles of chardonnay, taken anti-depressant medication and thought he'd passed out on his own lounge that night.
Todoroski will face sentencing in June.