The host of a party that was gatecrashed, leaving teenager Liam Knight with a metal rod through his skull, confronted a boy and asked him to leave, only to turn around minutes later and see him on the roof of a backyard shed throwing building materials at the crowd, a court has heard.
The father, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was hosting an 18th birthday party for his son at their Forestville home on January 11 when a group of uninvited boys jumped over the back fence about 11.30pm.
He told a committal hearing at Parramatta Children’s Court that he shone a torch in the face of one boy and asked him to leave but the boy pushed him aside and scuffled with two other boys.
The father yelled out for help from bouncers guarding the front of the house but couldn’t be heard over the music so he started to walk inside.
He told the court he turned around seconds later and saw the boy climbing onto the roof of the shed.
The 17 year-old allegedly started throwing building materials that were on the roof of the shed at the crowd of partygoers, including a 2.5 metre metal rod that pierced Liam Knight’s skull, leaving him in a critical condition on life support.
Doctors told his parents, Trevor and Mary Knight, that their son may not survive the attack but he has since gone through months of intensive rehabilitation and has learnt to walk and surf again.
The boy, 17, and another man, then 18 years old, have been charged with throwing building materials from the roof of the shed at the crowd.
A committal hearing for the pair is hearing from 14 witnesses who were at the party, including 12 Year 12 students about to sit their HSC.
Teenage partygoers, none of whom can be identified, have described the mayhem as objects were pelted across the yard.
“I just remember metal bouncing off [the pool fence] and things being thrown,” one 17 year-old boy said.
“Stuff was, like, just missing me,” a 16 year-old guest said.
One boy said he tried to chase some of the gatecrashers down the street but they were confronted by three people, one of whom punched one of the party guests.
The 18 year-old host of the party told the hearing that he was inside the house when he heard his father had been punched in the face.
He ran out into the backyard and saw a boy fall or jump off the back of the shed and disappear over the back fence.He then realised Liam had been badly injured.
The hearing continues on Tuesday.
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