Man stomped on head because victim kicked baby

A MAN accused of stomping on another man's head, causing fractures and brain injuries, has said he did so because the victim kicked his baby across the room, an Ipswich jury heard.

Adam Edward Payne, 38, has pleaded not guilty at Ipswich District Court to acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm and threatening violence, following the alleged assault at Regency Downs on October 2 last year.

The jury was told Payne and his friend were drinking at Payne's house when the victim allegedly "snapped", left the room and kicked Payne's nine-month-old baby twice, and was about to kick it a third time when Payne king-hit the man.

The jury was told the man fell to the ground and sustained head injuries, before Payne dropped him home to a Rosella Ave address.

The court needs to decide if Payne continued to stomp on the victim's head back at his home, or whether the injuries were sustained in the initial attack, which could be deemed self defence.

During the six-day trial the jury has heard from civilian witnesses, as well as police and treating doctors. A doctor said the victim sustained a fractured skull and bleeding to his brain, and was in an induced coma for a few days after the alleged assault.

During an on-field police interview played to the jury, Payne said he "couldn't believe" the victim was in a critical condition as it was "just a scuffle" and "he's a mate".

The victim's girlfriend told the jury Payne had threatened to "burn her house down with her in it" if she called the police.

Payne's defence barrister, Alex Nelson, raised a number of inconsistencies in the prosecution witnesses, including suggesting they had collaborated their evidence to get their stories straight.

Mr Nelson also said the group had initially lied to police.

The victim's family have been in court every day of the trial.

The jury retired yesterday afternoon and will deliver their verdict before Judge Deborah Richards.

Topics:  ipswich district court, regency downs



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