Bikie Troy Mercanti’s mother has given emotional evidence in his domestic violence trial, saying she loves her imperfect son but did witness him once punch Tammy Kingdon.
Sybil Yvonne Mercanti’s voice wavered as she testified as a prosecution witness today in the District Court jury trial, describing how she did not want to give evidence against her son and did not want anything bad to happen to him.
"He is my son and I know that he is not the perfect son but I love him and I can’t take that feeling away ... I really don’t want to be here today," Mrs Mercanti said as her husband watched from the public gallery.
Mrs Mercanti was called to give evidence about an alleged incident during a Christmas Family gathering 2006 at her home during which the Finks motorcycle club member is accused of knocking out one of Ms Kingdon’s teeth.
Mrs Mercanti today said the confusing incident was the sole time she had seen any violence inflicted by her son on the mother of his children.
"It just becomes a blur, even now," she said, recalling how she had been hosting an event for about 30 people when the traumatic incident happened.
But Mrs Mercanti rejected suggestions she had reconstructed events of that day when she gave previous testimony about the alleged punch during Ms Kingdon’s sentencing submissions for a fraud case in 2011.
She today said she had seen the punch because she was standing between her son and Ms Kingdon when the "quite hard" blow went past her.
Mrs Mercanti said Ms Kingdon was holding her mouth afterwards while she asked one of her other sons to take the 36-year-old to a doctor.
Mrs Mercanti said she had not been aware of suggestions that Ms Kingdon had fallen down some stairs at the home before her son’s domestic violence trial.
Mr Mercanti has pleaded not guilty to five assault charges stemming from alleged domestic violence he unleashed on Ms Kingdon during their 15-year relationship, which ended when she went to police in January 2012.
His defence team has argued that the allegations were fabricated around medical records for injuries that were really caused through other means such as falling down stairs, toppling on to a pile of bikes and scooters, and falling into a wall.
Doctors have been giving evidence about injuries that Ms Kingdon received treatment for, with one medical expert saying the paperwork regarding her knocked out tooth indicated it was caused by a fall down some stairs.
Ms Kingdon has testified that she has been at the hospital with one of Mr Mercanti’s brothers at the time.Another brother, Michael Mercanti, yesterday testified that he had heard a fracas at the Christmas event before coming to find his mother pushing his sibling in the chest and Ms Kingdon holding her bloodied mouth claiming the accused man had knocked out her tooth.
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