A MAN who was slashed on the leg with a machete in a drug deal gone wrong was so badly injured he needed rehabilitation to learn to walk again, a Perth court has heard.
Corey Carlin Cadman and Bruce Thompson are on trial in the District Court of WA over the attack at Ravenswood, south of Perth.
Cadman had arranged to buy the drug ice from another man, Danny Harris, in a hotel room but then tried to rob him in a violent altercation involving two of his associates and two of Mr Harris’ acquaintances, prosecutor Jason Chu told the jury.
Mr Harris and Cadman arranged to meet at the Ravenswood Hotel for a deal in which the former would sell an amount of methamphetamine.
Shelly Janene Sinnott, who testified that she regularly bought ice from Mr Harris, arranged the meeting between the pair.
However Mr Harris had been lured into a trap and Thompson and a third man carrying a machete, Paul Joseph Tamainu, emerged wearing balaclavas and attacked him, Mr Chu said.
Mr Harris had brought along two men who were waiting in a car and had no idea what was about to transpire, he said, and they came to his aid.
One of those men, Mark Hayes, was struck with such force to the foot by Mr Tamainu that it fractured bones and he had to receive rehabilitation treatment to learn to walk again, the court heard.
The drugs were taken but the balaclavas and DNA evidence were left at the scene, he said.
However Cadman denies there was any pre-existing plan to ambush and rob Mr Harris and his lawyer Michael McPhee says it was self-defence and Thompson and Tamainu were coming to his aid.
The pair have pleaded not guilty to charges of grievous bodily harm and assault.