A MAN launched a vicious attack in the emergency department of the state’s top hospital after randomly spotting an acquaintance involved in bashing him just hours before, a court has heard.
Trent Jacob Carter, 26, repeatedly punched his victim as he “sheltered” a female friend, during the sickening Royal Adelaide Hospital fight on November 5, 2015, which was captured on CCTV. Carter was at the ED for treatment for facial injuries he sustained in the previous fight, including a cut lip, when he saw the other man in the waiting room and attacked him before a random third party intervened.
The Adelaide Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday how Carter, of Tea Tree Gully, in the northeastern suburbs, was suffering “extreme anxiety” after at least three attempts on his life in the previous months. The court heard he was an innocent victim of a bikie feud involving the Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gang, which involved his house being shot at twice and leaving him “extremely traumatised”.
After being released on bail for fighting offences in July 2015, the former tradie was brutally bashed by two men armed with a hammer and metal pole as he left the Yalata maximum security prison.
Two men were charged over that attack, which was also captured on CCTV, but police eventually dropped charges because of “insufficient” evidence. While the court was not told who the other feuding gang is, The Advertiser has previously reported it involved the Rebels motorcycle gangs.
Carter is facing jail after admitting to affray, hindering police and being unlawful on premises — when he fled from police through the closed Botanic Gardens. He was randomly caught at an undisclosed nightclub days later.
During a sentencing submissions hearing on Tuesday, Stacey Carter, defending, said her client was suffering post-traumatic stress when he attacked his victim — who declined to give a statement to police. She said her client decided to attack the man before he was assaulted himself. Magistrate Ian White will sentence Carter next month.
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