Four plead guilty to party affray
A TYRE iron was swung through the air as gatecrashers forced their way into a Pottsville party on September 4, 2009, causing an altercation that left one victim bleeding from the head.
A man jailed in Queensland two weeks ago for brutally bashing Sam Ford was one of four people who pleaded guilty to affray at the Tweed Heads Courthouse yesterday in relation to the incident.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of Damian Robert James Ford, who goes by the surname Wyatt, in New South Wales after his solicitor entered a guilty plea for the affray charge.
Co-accused Matthew Shane Endicott, 19, plus two juveniles involved in the same incident also changed initial not guilty pleas to guilty yesterday. They will be sentenced on April 12 after Juvenile Justice reports are compiled.
The incident at the party occurred five weeks before the Coolangatta fight in which Sam Ford was seriously injured.
Endicott, a removalist from Tweed Heads South, armed himself with the tyre iron as the four co-accused and friends forced their way into the party, according to police evidence tendered in court.
The victim in this case was Sam Ford’s best friend.
He was punched and kicked to the ground by the four co-accused in the brawl, then Endicott swung the tyre iron in his vicinity while he was on the ground.
Police did not allege the victim was hit by the tyre iron, but he was later taken to hospital with a laceration to the head that required three sutures.
Wyatt, 19, was sentenced to six years’ jail in Queensland less than a fortnight ago for the attack in Coolangatta that left Sam Ford with severe and permanent disability.
Wyatt cannot be sentenced in NSW until he completes his sentence in Queensland and is returned to NSW.
The cross-border legal issues gave Tweed Heads Local Court Magistrate Michael Dakin little choice but to issue the arrest warrant, so Wyatt could be sentenced for affray upon his release from prison.
The court heard that after the uninvited group was initially told to leave the party, they retreated to the bottom of the driveway and pelted the house with rocks and bottles before making another attempt to enter the house.
Wyatt cannot be sentenced in NSW until he completes his sentence.