A member of the hip-hop group Hilltop Hoods was glassed in from behind in a “completely unprovoked” attack on the father of a friend, according to a court.
Christopher Peregi is on trial in the South Australian District Court after pleading guilty of intent with intent to harm Mr. Smith.
He has also denied attacking Mr. Smith’s brother Ross Smith by punching him in the head.
Prosecutor Carmen Matteo opened her case on Tuesday, saying the attack by Mr Peregi was “targeted and completely unprovoked”.
The court heard that the men were drinking when Mr. Peregi hit Daniel Smith from behind with a bottle or glass and his head was bleeding.
That sparked an argument between the Smith brothers and Mr Peregi, the court heard that Daniel Smith was brandishing a punch.
“In short, there was a fight in which the two Smith brothers retaliated against the defendant, so other people in the wake had to step in and pull the men apart,” Ms. Matteo said.
The brothers were taken to the front of the house and an ambulance was called to treat injuries to Daniel Smith’s head and hand.
The court heard that the brothers and Mr. Peregi had known each other for many years at the time of the incident.
Mr. Peregi’s current wife was previously married to Daniel Smith and the former couple have a teenage son together.
Ms. Matteo said the jury would hear that Daniel Smith had no problem with the relationship, but Ross Smith “made an exception” when his friend began a relationship with his brother’s ex-partner.
She said an incident occurred in 2016 or 2017 that caused Daniel Smith’s teenage son to get upset over his uncle, Ross Smith.
“It is believed that Ross Smith received a text message from the defendant that he found threatening,” said Ms. Matteo.
“As a result, at the time of this waking up, there may still be some amount of tension, at least between Ross Smith and the defendant, without going into the full history of the matter.”
The trial is expected to take about a week before Judge Liesl Chapman and a jury.
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