A hammer-wielding thug and his friend gatecrashed an 18th birthday party before revellers fought back, using one of their heads ‘like a soccer ball’.
About 200-300 guests were celebrating at the Port Kembla Surf Club in NSW when the South Sudanese teenager and his accomplice gatecrashed the event.
Deng Deng Alwang, 18, who moved to Australia from South Sudan 12 years ago, found a hammer outside the venue and threatened partygoers, Illawara Mercury reported.
A group of 200-300 guests had descended to the Port Kembla Surf Club in NSW, on June 2 for a girl’s 18th
Alwang was confronted and the hammer snatched from his hands before he could do any damage.
The birthday girl’s father told police that his daughter invited 200-300 guests but he had not seen 90 per cent of them before.
‘I didn’t know any of the guys laying into the two African guys…they were kicking his friend in the head as if they were kicking a soccer ball,’ he told police.
‘They were crazy, it was chaos.’
Alwang had managed to escape the chaotic scenes but was later found by police and taken to Lake Illawarra Police station.
He was charged with affray and remanded in custody over the on June 2 incident.
Alwang had initially not pleaded guilty but entered a last minute plea on Wednesday ahead of his scheduled hearing in Wollongong Local Court.
The girl’s father told police that his daughter invited 200-300 guests but he had never seen 90 per cent of the people before (stock image)
His defence lawyer, Cate Doosey, told the court that her client’s four months behind bars on remand was a ‘sufficient sentence’ for his crime.
She also argued he should be released due to his young age.
Ms Doosey said Alwang was apologetic and remorseful for his actions and repeatedly asked her to tell the magistrate ‘how sorry he is’.
Magistrate Mark Douglass agreed Alwang should be granted parole after taking into account the time he had already served in prison.
‘Offences such as this disturb people’s lifestyles, they feel less confident in their ability to go out at night,’ he said.
‘I imagine you learned a lot from what happened this night.’