Facebook photos cast doubt on victim's 'lasting trauma'
Lawyers for a man found guilty of assaulting a rival player in an indoor soccer match want to question the victim over photos of him skiing allegedly posted on Facebook.
Haralambos Korres' barrister has claimed Facebook entries depicting victim Simon Hui skiing appear to conflict with the lasting trauma detailed in a victim impact statement.
A jury last month found ANU researcher Haralambos Korres guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm over the May 2008 fracas.
They acquitted him on the more serious charge of recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm.
The jury accepted Korres struck Mr Hui in May 2008 during the hotly-contested final of a lunchtime social competition at the university recreation centre.
During the trial the prosecution alleged that Korres was angry with the victim after the other man kicked a ball into his face or head and then struck the victim during an altercation over foul play on the goalkeeper.
Teammates of Mr Hui, told the court Korres struck their friend in the head.
It was alleged the blow left Mr Hui with a large gash to his face.
The matter was listed for a sentencing hearing in the ACT Supreme Court this morning before Justice John Burns.
But the case has been adjourned after defence barrister Bernard Collaery said material posted on Facebook – including photos of the man skiing - was at odds with information in the victim statement.
The advocate said it was likely he'd need to cross-examine the victim, and prosecutor Trent Hickey asked for the case to be adjourned.
The matter is due back before the court later this month.