A British tourist shot down the captain of the Australian Rugby Sevens team after the athlete called him "pommy c ***", it was heard in court.
Sam Oliver, 23, is accused of beating James Stannard during a night in Sydney in the early hours of March 30.
The 35-year-old hit his head on the pavement, leaving him with a fractured skull and vertigo, and spent two nights in the hospital.
James Stannard, 35, suffered a fractured skull after receiving a punch in a night in Sydney
He spent two nights at the hospital and was unable to compete at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.
He could not compete in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.
Oliver, who is believed to be from Newcastle, has imprudently denied causing serious bodily harm and the alternative assault charge that caused actual physical damage, saying he was acting in self-defense.
His lawyer alleges that Stannard threw the first blow after launching an impromptu "verbal attack" on Oliver in which he called the British "pommy c ***", and left his client with a black eye.
Sam Oliver (pictured), 23, said he was acting in self-defense after the rugby player insulted him
A hearing was heard on Monday at the Downing Center Court in Sydney. Stannard had attended an event with his classmates in the suburb of Coogee and had ended the night at the Coogee Bay Hotel, leaving the place at about 3 in the morning.
Prosecutor Burton Ko told the court that a group of people had congregated outside the Erciyes kebab shop and that a witness, Mark Tobin, had seen two men arguing & # 39; on the path.
Mr. Ko said: "He saw what he describes as a blond man, which the crown says was the accused, took three quick steps towards the bald man and the king hit him."
"The prosecution says that James Stannard fell to the ground, broke his head on the cement road, lost consciousness and started bleeding from his right ear."
Oliver accused Stannard of calling him "pommy c ***" during a verbal attack
Mr. Tobin said he could not remember exactly where Mr. Stannard was hit, but he described the blow as a "hook movement".
He told the court: "Out of the corner of my eye, I've seen a man approach the other man and hit the other man."
He added: "He fell backwards and hit his head against the side of the road."
Mr. Stannard (pictured with his wife and children) said he could not remember the incident because of his head trauma
Another witness, Joshua Friend, the son of Rugby Sevens coach Andy Friend, described hearing a "thud" when Mr. Stannard fell to the ground.
He told the court: "James Stannard and Sam Oliver were talking and then Sam Oliver hit James Stannard with a quick right thud and hit him on the chin.
"I saw James' eyes go to the back of his head as if he were unconscious." There was a heavy blow and that was when everyone turned around.
After the incident, Oliver ran out and was chased by some of Mr. Stannard's friends, the court heard him.
Giving evidence, Stannard, who announced his retirement from rugby in June, said he could not remember the incident and that his last memory was that the band was ending their performance at the Coogee Bay Hotel.
The next thing he remembered was waking up in the hospital, he said.
Oliver's lawyer says that Mr. Stannard (right) threw the first blow after starting the discussion
& # 39; Had an extra sore head. Blood came out of my ear. I was quite anxious. I did not know what was happening. "
Chris Watson, on Oliver's behalf, alleged that Mr. Stannard had struck the first blow and suggested that the rugby player had a "degree of dislike for the English," which Mr. Stannard denied.
Mr. Watson told the court: "There's no problem with my client hitting James Stannard.
"The question is whether that happened or not … that was the only answer that he believed was necessary."
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