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Key witness denies provoking king hit attack in Yeppoon

A 21-year-old Coast man caught with more than 800 child porn images has told a court some of them dated back to when he was in Year 9 at school.
A 21-year-old Coast man caught with more than 800 child porn images has told a court some of them dated back to when he was in Year 9 at school.

A CLOUD of uncertainty hangs over the alleged king hit which left a Yeppoon man with life-threatening injuries.

On December 22, 2012, it is alleged Yeppoon man Jonathon Grice punched Yeppoon's Clay Boyd in the face in an unprovoked attack at the Marsden Hotel, fracturing his nasal bone and causing extensive bleeding.

On Tuesday, Grice pleaded not guilty to one count of grievous bodily harm and yesterday the trial continued in Rockhampton District Count.

Key witness in the trial Alex Parkin, who is a rifleman with the Royal Australian Army, gave evidence about the attack.

Mr Parkin denied suggestions made by the defence he aggravated the situation and threatened Grice during the night.

"Is it the case you were walking past the pool table area where Mr Grice was talking to another Caucasian male and said 'I'm in the army and I'm going to f*** you up' and 'Just wait until we get you'?" the defence asked Mr Parkin.

"Is it the case that you were hoping to come across the tall blond bloke (Mr Grice)?

"Is it the case as you and others were walking out you said something along the lines of 'Get him', encouraging Mr Boyd to get Mr Grice; and at the same time there was someone calling out from behind, inciting the fight?"

Mr Parkin denied having any recollection of the suggested comments and actions but said it was possible someone may have called out from behind to incite a fight.

CCTV footage showed Mr Boyd and Mr Parkin leaving the establishment before doubling back to re-enter and then leaving again.

The footage then showed the altercation between Mr Boyd and Grice, in which Grice was seen punching Mr Boyd in the face.

The trial continues today.

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