Family feud at Mount Hutton leads to attempted murder charges

SCENE: A man stands accused of breaking into this Mount Hutton home and striking his brother with a hammer over the head. He was refused bail.

SCENE: A man stands accused of breaking into this Mount Hutton home and striking his brother with a hammer over the head. He was refused bail.

A WOLLONGONG man stands accused of attempting to murder his brother after allegedly breaking into a Mount Hutton home and striking him over the head with a hammer.

David Irvine Shearer, 55, of Port Kembla, was refused bail in Toronto Local Court on Tuesday after his arrest about 3am.

Police allege Mr Shearer used a hammer to smash through a glass door of the Kestrel Street home.

It is then alleged the 55-year-old used the hammer to strike his brother Robert over the head.

The alleged victim suffered a suspected skull injury and was taken by ambulance to John Hunter Hospital.

The injury was non-life threatening, police said.

Mr Shearer was arrested at the scene and detectives later charged him with attempted murder and aggravated break and enter.

The court heard the 55-year-old from Port Kembla appeared to be mentally ill.

His solicitor, Stephen Churches, told the court there were “some fairly serious mental health issues with this gentleman”.

Magistrate Allan Railton said Mr Shearer required treatment for his mental health issues.

Mr Shearer, who appeared handcuffed and in a blue forensics jumpsuit, kept his head down in the dock as his matter was heard.

His solicitor did not enter a plea to either charge.

There was no application for bail and it was formally refused by the court.

The matter was adjourned to Newcastle Local Court on March 7.