Court told trio kept up lengthy assault on man

BEN Anthony Smith was relaxing on his veranda on February 22 last year when three men allegedly jumped his front fence looking for a chainsaw.

When Mr Smith could not offer any information, it is claimed he was punched several times, followed into his house by the intruders and pursued into the backyard where the assault allegedly continued.

He suffered lacerations to the ear, chin and mouth.

It is alleged Thomas Sorafumo was one of the men who assaulted Mr Smith.

Answering a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm, Sorafumo entered a not guilty plea in day one of trial proceedings at Gladstone District Court.

Evidence was heard from five Crown witnesses including Mr Smith, his partner, Andrea Morgan, two police officers and a male witness who sustained a fractured nose.

Ms Morgan twice broke down in tears while giving evidence, claiming "I'm a bit cloudy on things".

Photographs of the injuries sustained and a diagram of the property were issued as evidence to the jury.

The defence case, led by barrister Bill McMillan will open day two of proceedings today.



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