Celebrations at an 18th birthday party in Sydney descended into shock, horror and the sounds of screaming when guests discovered a teenager had been speared in the head with a metal bar, a court has heard.
Liam Knight, then 17, was enjoying his friend’s party in Forestville on January 11 last year when a metal bar penetrated his skull and caused permanent brain damage.
Mr Knight was one of about 70 guests at the home where gatecrashers allegedly began throwing building material at guests.
Jimmy Angelo Tupou, 19, and a second teen, known only as DS for legal reasons, have been charged over the attack and are standing trial at Sydney’s District Court.
Four teenagers on Wednesday told what happened in the moments immediately before and after Mr Knight was found lying face down in the grass next to a marquee.
One teen recalled how he had initially tried to help Mr Knight before realising he had a reinforcing bar stuck in his head.
“There were things on top of him, metal rods and white guttering,” the then 17-year-old told the court.
“I saw the rod sticking out of his head. At first I thought it was stuck in the ground, but then I shook him and saw it was in his head.”
Other partygoers and the host’s parents soon came to Mr Knight’s aid, while others were crying and screaming, the teen said.
“I saw one girl just freaking out, she was crying … standing there with her hand over her mouth.
“I was shocked and angry at the same time.”
Earlier on Wednesday, another teen said Mr Knight confronted his alleged attackers and asked them to leave just moments before he was injured.
DS, now 18, has pleaded guilty to six assault charges, but has pleaded not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Mr Knight.
Tupou, meanwhile, has pleaded not guilty to three charges, including using unlawful violence while in company with DS.
The judge-only trial continues.