A Sydney man accused of a near fatal attack on a New Zealand teenager in western Sydney has had the most serious charges against him dismissed.
In January this year, Corey Beard, 21, was alleged to have punched 19-year-old Alexander McEwen and his brother, Lance McEwen-Henderson, 21, outside a McDonald's restaurant at Penrith.
The punch allegedly knocked Alexander McEwen over a wall, where he struck his head and lost consciousness.
He suffered a fractured skull and spinal damage, and was placed in an induced coma in Nepean Hospital. He later awoke.
Parramatta Local Court said on Friday charges against Beard of reckless bodily harm, common assault and possession of a steroidal agent had been withdrawn.
Beard pleaded guilty to affray and received a 12-month bond.
The court was previously told an argument broke out after Beard and an unknown man approached women who were with the brothers.
The assault was captured on CCTV, with police alleging there was a strong prosecution case.
But Beard's lawyer said he was acting in self-defence.
The alleged assault of the McEwen brothers occurred just a few days after 18-year-old Daniel Christie was punched at Kings Cross on New Year's Eve.
He later died and his alleged attacker, Shaun McNeil, was charged with murder.