Liam Knight leaving court. Photo: Lidia Nikonova
The brother of a Sydney teenager who was speared through the head with a metal bar came across one of the alleged attackers sleeping in a bus stop the next morning, a court has heard.
Liam Knight, 19, suffered severe brain damage and was nearly killed when a 2.5-metre steel bar pierced his head during an 18th birthday party in January last year.
The Downing Centre District Court has heard that the bar was allegedly thrown, javelin-style, by one of two youths who had gatecrashed the party - a teenager known as DS or another youth, Jimmy Angelo Tupou.
Liam Knight in hospital after the incident. Photo: Channel Nine
Both are facing trial in relation to the incident, in which they allegedly began throwing building materials at the party guests after being refused entry.
On Monday, Liam Knight's older brother Todd told the court how he saw Mr Tupou sleeping in a bus shelter the morning after the alleged attack, as he was driving through Roseville after leaving the Royal North Shore Hospital where his brother had just been operated on for five hours.
"I was driving along and I've just looked into a bus stop and I've seen a male Islander sleeping in the bus stop," the young man said, after looking directly at the accused as he sat down.
A bloodied steel pole allegedly thrown by gatecrashers at the party where Sydney teenager Liam Knight was speared in the head. Photo: Supplied
Mr Knight told the court that he immediately thought about what had happened to his brother and the fact that police were, at that point, still looking for those responsible.
He immediately rang a friend, known as Stephan, who lived nearby, picked him up and then returned to the bus stop to speak to the young man lying there.
The following exchange allegedly took place between Stephan, Mr Knight and Mr Tupou:
Stephan: "Are you right? What are you doing here?"
Tupou: "Just trying to get a bus home."
Stephan: "What are you doing on this side, where have you been?"
Tupou: "I've been running."
Knight: "From what?"
Tupou: "I was at a party - I didn't do anything wrong."
Knight: "Who did you know there?"
Tupou: "I know a girl called Victoria."
Mr Knight told the court that, as the conversation unfolded, "it all pretty much fit together" and he became "very sad" and said "that's my little brother that's been hurt".
Stephan pushed him away from Mr Tupou and told him to call the police. An officer arrived soon after and arrested Mr Tupou.
Mr Tupou has been charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm. He has pleaded not guilty.
DS pleaded not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent but guilty to the lesser charge of recklessly causing grievous bodily harm without intent. This was rejected by the Crown. DS pleaded guilty to five other charges over the incident.
The trial continues.