Assault victim's last image was bat coming towards his head

THE last thing Phillip Inkerman can remember is a bat coming towards his head as he lay in the gutter of a Rockhampton street.

Weeks later, he woke up in a Brisbane Hospital.

Sporting a nasty scar, Inkerman fronted the Rockhampton District Court yesterday to give evidence at the trial of his alleged attacker, Nathan Wayne Lawton. Lawton, 31, has pleaded not guilty to one count of causing grievous bodily harm in 2012, arguing self-defence.

The court heard Inkerman was dating Lawton's sister at the time and tensions between their families had been building.

Inkerman said ultimately it was an early morning phone call to his girlfriend which led him to front up at Lawton's house with his own brothers and aunty in tow.

He said as they drove past he saw Lawton standing on the veranda holding a bat.

"We did a u-turn and jumped out of the car," he said.

"I asked him what his problem was."

Inkerman said he picked up a wooden paling and threw it at the defendant.

"He said to me 'come closer and see what happens'... so I went closer," he said.

The court heard Lawton "flinched" Inkerman with the bat, causing him to slip over.

Inkerman said he grabbed the defendant's shirt, but as he did Lawton hit him in the side of the head.

Defence lawyer Ross LoMonaco suggested to the witness he and his brothers had actually armed themselves with metal star pickets. However, Inkerman said he couldn't remember.

The trial continues today.



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