A DRUNKEN sparring session at a Woolgoolga Christmas party had near fatal consequences when a man repeatedly had his head stomped on causing serious brain injuries.
The victim of the serious assault suffered severe head trauma and was left on life support in the Royal North Shore Hospital.
Six months on and the man charged with the violent assault, Aliks Desmond Rice Davis, 19, has pleaded guilty to the crime awaiting sentence in the Coffs District Court.
The court has heard the incident happened inside a Barnes Street home on Christmas Day. Rice Davis attended the party with a 35-year-old man about 7pm.
Police were told that both men were heavily intoxicated and aggressive.
During the course of the evening, the 35-year-old man became involved in a fight with a party guest. The pair fell to the ground in a bear hug before being separated.
Later at about 11pm, witnesses told police the two men agreed to a sparring session.
Rice Davis was also allegedly involved in the altercation and struck the victim to the head with a series of punches.
Then as he lay on a mattress on the floor, the court heard Rice Davis launched into a violent attack with his foot, repeatedly stomping on his head.
As he lay motionless on the floor, Rice Davis was asked by a witness “What did you do that for” to which he replied “I don’t know”
Medical reports in court stated the victim suffered a closed head injury and a fractured skull. He underwent surgery in intensive care to drain fluid from his brain.
Two days after the incident, Rice Davis was charged by police with wound person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, cause grievous bodily harm to person with intent and recklessly cause grievous bodily harm.