A drinking session between neighbouring multi-millionaires ended up with one allegedly threatening the other with a chainsaw and kicking him in the groin in a ‘kung fu’ challenge.
Ruifan Zhao, 31, said he doesn’t remember the night when police allege he threatened his neighbour in the leafy north-western Sydney suburb of Dural.
He told police he blacked out shortly after arriving with a bottle of Japanese whisky at V8 Super-Ute driver Gerard Maggs’ house for dinner on October 23, 2022.
But Parramatta Local Court heard on Wednesday that the night degenerated into a series of dangerous dares, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Zhao was later arrested and charged with common assault and threatening Mr Maggs with an Ozito chainsaw with intent to commit grievous bodily harm.
Police dropped the chainsaw charge after he pleaded guilty to common assault, with magistrate Laurie Robertson sentencing Zhao to an 18-months community corrections order with no conviction recorded.
Zhao’s lawyer Michael Bowe told the court the night involved ‘two very intoxicated men behaving like kids’.
Police documents tendered to the court claimed Mr Maggs invited Zhao over at 6pm, with Zhao driving his new Corvette a few metres across the road to show it off.
The men drank half a bottle of Mr Maggs’ scotch and then drank the Japanese whisky Zhao brought with him, the court heard.
Zhao took his shirt in the kitchen, the court was told, which his solicitor says was because he ‘gets hot when he drinks whisky’.
He ‘appeared to be showing off his body to the victim by doing poses when Mr Maggs issued a kung fu challenge to see how high his neighbour could kick,’ the police documents said.
Mr Maggs told Zhao ‘to kick his hand and proceeded to hold his hand up high and out to the side in order for the accused to kick’.
But rather than kick the hand, Zhao kicked Mr Maggs ‘with force’ to the groin, causing him to drop to the ground in pain, the police said.
The victim then stood up and kicked Zhao, who was then removed from the property by Mr Maggs’ family.
The police said Zhao placed his hands together and started to ask for forgiveness.
He was accused of later coming to the Maggs’ security gate with a 14 inch Ozito chainsaw and asking ‘Where is Gerard?’
The police documents said he was confronted by Mr Maggs’ son who said ‘What the f*** is that, dude?’
The men are reportedly now on friendly terms, but do not drink together.