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Hilltop Hoods member Daniel Smith shuts down ‘outrageous suggestion’


A member of the Hilltop Hoods hip hop group who was allegedly glassed at a wake has shut down “outrageous” suggestions the incident could have happened by accident.

Under cross-examination during his second day in the witness box, band member Daniel Howe Smith was asked whether Christopher Peregi could have lost his balance while holding a bottle.

“I suggest to you that, while attempting to stand, Mr Peregi lost balance and fell against you,” defence counsel Andrew Williams said.

But Mr Smith said he rejected that idea “in every possible way”.

“I’d say it’s a pretty outrageous suggestion, that someone could accidentally fall against someone, smash a glass over the back of their head until they were unconscious,” he told the court.

Mr Smith, 42, 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 is standing trial charged with glassing Daniel Smith following a funeral in 2018. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Kelly Barnes
media_cameraChristopher Peregi is standing trial charged with glassing Daniel Smith following a funeral in 2018. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Kelly Barnes
Hilltop Hoods member Daniel Smith, pictured with wife Rebekah, told a jury he did not believe Peregi could have accidentally fallen on him. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Kelly Barnes
media_cameraHilltop Hoods member Daniel Smith, pictured with wife Rebekah, told a jury he did not believe Peregi could have accidentally fallen on him. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Kelly Barnes

Peregi, 45, is standing trial in South Australia’s District Court after he pleaded not guilty to aggravated causing harm with intent to Mr Smith.

He has also denied assaulting Mr Smith’s brother Ross Smith.

Giving evidence before jurors on Tuesday, the first day of the trial, Mr Smith recounted the alleged moment of impact.

“I heard a loud popping sound on my head, felt a very hot rush and my vision went blank and I passed out,” he said.

“My next memory is being in a melee and being pushed out of the property and asked to leave.”

It is alleged Ross Smith was punched during the fight, before bystanders intervened and the brothers were taken to a different part of the property.

On Wednesday, Mr Smith also denied suggestions that he and his brother were punching and kicking Peregi while he was on the ground.

“My memory is that all three of us were standing, trading blows and I was fighting in my defence, that’s my memory of it,” he said.

Mr Smith said he was taken to hospital and had glass removed from his head following the incident, and also required stitches in his hand.

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.

Originally published as Hilltop Hood slams ‘outrageous’ suggestion

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