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Man bashed, then family attacked at barbecue

A MAN viciously attacked his older neighbour at an Ipswich train station and later led a violent gang attack upon the man and his family in their front yard, an Ipswich jury was told.

Cory Malcolm Szolna, 20, has pleaded not guilty to four counts of assault occasioning bodily harm at trial before Ipswich District Court.

Crown prosecutor John Copley told the jury Szolna and the victim had been neighbours in Leichhardt and while at first friends, there had been building animosity.

On July 30, 2010, the victim caught a train from Wulkuraka to visit his daughter in Woodridge when Szolna boarded the train too.

Mr Copley said Szolna tried to fight the victim, who refused, so he started ferociously punching him repeatedly to the head and face.

Mr Copley screened CCTV footage to the jury where the victim can be see to be punched to the ground, followed by a man standing over him continuing to inflict blows.

In giving evidence to the jury, the 42-year-old victim said as he walked onto the platform he was struck in the face and fell back inside the carriage.

The jury was told Szolna continued to bash the victim, who lost three teeth and suffered numerous cuts and bruising from the fight.

A couple months later on November 17, Szolna allegedly confronted the victim in his front yard as the victim cooked a barbecue for his family and heavily-pregnant eldest daughter and her boyfriend.

About 7pm, the jury heard, Szolna arrived with 10 to 12 other men, aged between 16 and 25 years. The victim told the jury he and his daughter's boyfriend were set upon by the gang which included the accused.

The victim said he was punched repeatedly to the head while on the ground and lost consciousness for a few seconds.

He told the jury the gang started tearing palings from the fence and threw them at his family. One hit his partner in the groin.

The women tried to fend off the attackers by throwing the salads, the jury was told.

The victim said most of the group fled when they heard police sirens.

The trial, before Judge Sarah Bradley, continues.

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