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Vic man's skull exposed in hammer attack

AAP logoAAP 24/08/2016

A Melbourne man was repeatedly hit on the head with a hammer by another man who believed the victim had raped his girlfriend, a court has been told.

Troy Pollard, 31, and Danielle Page, 26, on Wednesday pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and assault over the attack on the Reservoir resident in November last year.

Pollard pleaded guilty to two charges while Page pleaded guilty to four charges, including theft and committing an indictable offence while on bail.

A third co-accused, Ismael Ferrer, had earlier pleaded guilty to attacking the victim and has already been sentenced for his crimes.

Ferrer and Page were in a relationship at the time of the attack on the 41-year-old man at his Reservoir unit, prosecutor Patrick Bourke said.

Page had told Ferrer the 41-year-old had raped her, which set in motion the events leading up to the attack on November 9.

"Ferrer planned to attack him," Mr Bourke told the Victorian County Court.

"He said they were going to 'fix him up'."

The trio drove to the victim's house and Pollard knocked on his front door just after midnight.

When the victim opened the front door, Ferrer ran up the stairs and hit the man in the face with a hammer.

"The victim immediately tasted blood," the prosecutor said.

The victim told police he tried to push Pollard and Ferrer out the door as Ferrer hit him repeatedly.

"Pollard could see the skull of the victim, exposed and white in colour," Mr Bourke told the court.

All three men tumbled down the stairs and the victim tried to wrestle the hammer from Ferrer.

"As the men were struggling with the hammer, Page approached from behind and struck the victim with another hammer," Mr Bourke said.

Ferrer was arrested several days after the attack and made full admissions to police.

Pollard later told police Ferrer had told him "that f****** fat c*** raped Dani".

Defence counsel for Page said she reported the alleged rape to police last week.

The plea hearing before Judge Gavan Meredith continues.

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