A man wearing a neckbrace after being hit by a car and breaking his neck has been pulled to the ground and attacked by a former friend.
The attacker, Aaron Lee Morris, later told police victim Brett Dyball had gotten what he deserved.
Morris will find out next month if he will be jailed for the Dean Street attack last year, and for a string of other offences.
Morris had been friends with the victim, but they had a falling out after he allegedly failed to repay a loan.
Morris and another man went to the Albury Police Station on June 20 last year over an unrelated matter.
The victim started work at Urban Graze about the same time.
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The pair left the police station and turned into Dean Street as Dyball was putting out tables and chairs.
Morris ran at the man about 8.30am, grabbed hold of his neck brace and punched him several times in the head.
The man was knocked to the ground.
Despite this, Morris continued to punch him.
Members of the public had to intervene to stop the incident.
Albury Local Court heard Dyball had been in the brace for about six weeks after being hit by the vehicle.
He was sore after the attack, but didn't seek medical treatment.
The offender had been captured by security cameras before, during and after the incident.
Morris was arrested nearly three months after the incident, at his public housing unit on Thurgoona Street.
He largely declined to talk to police, but did make at least one comment.
"I'm pretty sure he got what he deserved," he said of the victim.
Morris was also involved in Medicare fraud on the same day of the attack.
He had lodged a false claim online, seeking money for four anesthetic procedures he claimed to have received from a doctor.
False invoices were tendered and $2580 was paid into his account.
He quickly moved the cash into another account and withdrew $2000 from a Commonwealth Bank ATM.
The account used for the fraud was soon left with only $1.15.
Magistrate Tony Murray said there was "certainly a substantial degree of preparation".
He ordered another report be prepared on Morris to see if he can avoid jail.
The matter will return to court on November 12.