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Elizabeth South: Adelaide’s father claims he was protecting his family when he hit a man with a golf club

Horrific moment a dad armed with a golf club takes on a sledgehammer-wielding couple he’s accused of speeding down his suburban street – leaving one with a cracked skull in the process

  • Adelaide’s father berated the driver and companion for speeding on his road
  • The driver returned with a sledgehammer, which he swung at the father but missed
  • Dad hit back by hitting the driver with a golf club, leaving him with a fractured skull
  • He told reporters he was trying to protect the family in a heated roadside brawl

A father has claimed he was protecting his family when he swung a golf club into another man’s skull during a heated roadside brawl.

Corey Dawson, 49, was attacked by a man and woman, both armed with a hammer, after he admonished the couple for speeding in his neighborhood.

Confronting footage of the violent altercation shows Mr Dawson verbally abusing the motorist on his suburban street in Elizabeth South, north Adelaide.

“Drive properly, you useless git,” he yells at the driver.

“You pass here at a bloody 90 kilometers an hour, then you come back and spin the wheel, you useless pig.”

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He lunges at the father with the hammer, but misses, and Mr Dawson retaliates by hitting him in the skull with a golf club – to the effect too obvious to convey (pictured).

The angry driver returned to Mr. Dawson’s street, this time armed with a sledgehammer while his companion held a claw hammer.

He lunges at Mr. Dawson but misses, and the father retaliates by smashing his golf club into the driver’s skull.

The impact is so clear that Daily Mail Australia has decided not to publish it.

The driver spent 22 days in intensive care with a fractured skull before being discharged from the Royal Adelaide Hospital, reports The Advertiser.

Mr Dawson turned the graphic footage over to police, thinking it would prove he had acted in self-defense when he struck the man in April 2020.

However, Judge Paul Slattery ultimately disagreed, saying the father-of-seven could have walked away from the confrontation on several occasions.

Confronting footage of the altercation shows Mr Dawson verbally abusing the motorist on his suburban street in Elizabeth South, north Adelaide (pictured).

Confronting footage of the altercation shows Mr Dawson verbally abusing the motorist on his suburban street in Elizabeth South, north Adelaide (pictured).

Judge Slattery said the father was “fair” to lodge a complaint with the driver but his reaction to the situation was “disproportionate”.

Mr Dawson pleaded guilty to one count of reckless causing serious damage and was sentenced to three and a half years in prison on Wednesday.

The sentence will be served under house arrest so he can continue to care for his children, with a 19-month period of no parole.

Outside the court, Mr Dawson told reporters he was simply trying to “protect my family and myself from a not good person”.

“We thought we were doing the right thing, giving up our footage and then the police are using it against us. It was injustice all along,” he said.

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Bradford Betz

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