A 19-year-old man who punched and kicked a man after being asked to help with the "wiping-up" has pleaded guilty to Criminal Code assault.
The Launceston Supreme Court heard that Curtly James Hodge and another male lashed out at Wayne Michael Walker in the small kitchen of a house in Foster Street, Invermay on July 4, 2019.
Hodge is facing trial for aggravated armed robbery.
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Prosecutor Peter Sherriff said Mr Walker visited a friend where Hodge and the male were also present.
Mr Walker began washing-up for a female friend and suggested to Hodge "Curtly you should help wipe up".
Hodge said "what did you say" and began punching and kicking the man and yelling abuse.
The court heard that Hodge bent over and punched him in the face while he was on the floor.
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The friend of Hodge allegedly grabbed scissors and threatened:"If you get up I will stab you."
The court heard that Mr Walker suffered bruises to the face and chest.
In a victim impact statement he said he had lost his job after being unable to attend work because of the injuries which had taken three months to heal.
"This wrecked my whole world because when this happened I was on a roll and had just started working," he said.
"I was stuck in a tiny little kitchen with no chance of escape and that made me feel helpless."
Defence counsel Mark Doyle said Hodge had a horrific background where he frequently witnessed violence.
Justice Robert Pearce remanded Hodge in custody for sentence on June 9, 2020.