Man found guilty of glassing MC Pressure from Hilltop Hoods

The man claims he accidentally glassed MC Pressure after tripping over a chair

An Adelaide man has been found guilty of glassing Hilltop Hoods’ MC Pressure in 2018.

The court heard that 45-year-old Christopher Peregi smashed a bottle over the head of MC Pressure — real name Daniel Howe Smith — at a wake.

“I heard a loud popping sound on my head, felt a hot rush, and my vision went blank and I passed out,” Smith told the court.

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Smith was taken to a local medical centre following the attack where he was treated for his injuries.

Peregi, who is reportedly married to Smith’s ex-wife, claims he accidentally glassed Smith after becoming light-headed and tripping over a chair. The jury deliberated for two hours before finding him guilty.

“I’d say it’s a pretty outrageous suggestion, that some could accidentally fall against someone, smash a glass over the back of their head until they were unconscious,” Smith said of Peregi’s defence.

Witnesses at the seven-day trial reportedly told the court that Peregi could be heard yelling “Dan [Smith] with disrespecting me” and “they were laughing at me” prior to the attack.

Peregi is due to be sentenced at a later date.

Hilltop Hoods released their first, and so far only, single of 2020 in May. Proceeds from the track, entitled ‘I’m Good?‘, will be donated to Support Act.

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The group picked up two awards at this year’s APRA Music Awards, taking home the prizes for Songwriter of the Year and Most Performed Urban Work for ‘Leave Me Lonely’.

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