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Court hears Hilltop Hood sounded ‘very enraged’ after alleged wake glassing

The host of a wake where Hilltop Hoods band member Daniel Smith was allegedly glassed has told a jury Mr Smith and his brother sounded “very enraged” after the altercation.The District Court heard on Friday Mr Smith and his brother, Ross Smith, were led from the area where the fight allegedly took place, and one…

The host of a wake where Hilltop Hoods band member Daniel Smith was allegedly glassed has told a jury Mr Smith and his brother sounded “very enraged” after the altercation.

The District Court heard on Friday Mr Smith and his brother, Ross Smith, were led from the area where the fight allegedly took place, and one of them spoke of returning with a shotgun.

The brothers had attended the funeral of a friend’s father before a small gathering was held at a home at Aberfoyle Park, in Adelaide’s southern suburbs, in May 2018.

Christopher Peregi, 45, is standing trial after he pleaded not guilty to aggravated causing harm with intent to Daniel Smith, and has also denied assaulting his brother.

On day four of the trial, Hayley Wegener, who hosted the wake, told the court she was inside the house when she heard a smash.

She said she looked outside and saw Peregi standing and Daniel Smith holding the side of his face, before she went outside and saw Peregi fighting with Ross Smith.

“They were trying to punch each other,” she said.

Jurors were told the fight was broken up and the brothers were ushered to another part of the property.

Ms Wegener said she could later hear them speaking out the front of the house.

“One of them was screaming that ‘Why did we get kicked out of the party?’, and then another screaming that they were going to come back and put a shotgun in everyone’s face,” she said.

Ms Wegener told the court their voices sounded “very enraged”, but she was not able to differentiate who was talking.

Daniel Smith has given evidence he heard a “loud popping sound” on his head, before his vision went blank and he passed out.

Asked by defence counsel whether Peregi could have lost his balance while holding a bottle, Mr Smith said he rejected that idea “in every possible way”.

The court has Peregi’s current wife had previously been married to Mr Smith, and the former couple have a teenage son together.

Prosecutors said Mr Smith had no issue with the relationship, but Ross Smith had “taken exception” to his friend starting a relationship with his brother’s ex-partner.

The trial continues before Judge Liesl Chapman and a jury.

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