A tangled web of relationships involving boxer and reality TV star Garth Wood has erupted into a weekend of domestic mayhem, according to court documents.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal a man Wood is accused of punching and kicking at a children’s soccer game had allegedly assaulted Wood’s girlfriend the previous day.
Jon Fenton is the ex-boyfriend of Wood’s partner Holly Lewis, and has a history of violence against women that has seen him spend time in jail.
Police allege Wood punched Fenton up to 15 times in Sydney’s inner west on June 25 in what was described in court as an ‘unprovoked’ and ‘savage’ attack.
Wood, who once knocked out Anthony Mundine, was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm as well as affray and is still at Parklea Correctional Centre.
What has not previously been reported is that Fenton is accused of assaulting Lewis causing actual bodily harm the day before Wood allegedly attacked him.
The man boxer Garth Wood (right) is accused of kicking and punching at a children’s soccer game had allegedly assaulted Wood’s girlfriend Holly Lewis (left) the previous day
Jon Fenton (pictured) is the ex-boyfriend of Garth Wood’s partner Holly Lewis, and has a history of domestic violence offences against women, for which he has served time in prison
But not even that is the start of the story: Lewis is accused of damaging Fenton’s Mercedes-Benz and assaulting his girlfriend Mischa Burrows earlier the same afternoon.
Rounding things out for the foursome, Burrows – who was already the subject of two apprehended violence orders – contravened one of them during the alleged disputes.
Wood is a former NRL player with Souths and Balmain who won the reality boxing show The Contender Australia, earning him the right to fight fellow NRL star-turned-pugilist Mundine.
In December 2010, Wood knocked out Mundine – then a middleweight world title holder – in five rounds before losing a rematch by unanimous decision in April 2011.
Wood’s older brother Nat also played NRL for the Tigers, Roosters and Warriors before a stint in the UK Super League, and was once married to the late Sydney gangster Neddy Smith’s daughter Jaime.
The siblings’ father Barry Wood was a first-grade halfback for Newtown, Souths and North Sydney in the 1970s, and for many years was billionaire Kerry Packer’s personal trainer until he died in 2005.
Wood’s girlfriend Holly Lewis is accused of damaging her ex-partner Jon Fenton’s Mercedes-Benz and assaulting his girlfriend Mischa Burrows (pictured)
Relations between Wood, 45, Lewis, 35, Fenton, 41, and Burrows, 40, are complex.
Fenton has a child with Lewis and two with Burrows. The alleged events of June 24 and June 25 have resulted in applications for three restraining orders.
TIMELINE OF TROUBLE
June 24, 3.30pm: Garth Wood‘s partner Holly Lewis allegedly damages her ex partner Jon Fenton‘s Mercedes Benz and assaults his girlfriend Mischa Burrows at Ultimo
June 24, 4.27pm: Fenton allegedly assaults Lewis at Pyrmont
June 24, 4.30pm-6pm: Burrows contravenes an AVO at Balmain
June 25, 8.40am-8.53am: Wood allegedly assaults Fenton at a children’s soccer game at Rozelle
Wood and Lewis are the subjects of separate interim apprehended violence orders which police sought to protect Fenton from them.
Fenton is the subject of an interim apprehended violence order taken out by police to protect Lewis.
Wood, Lewis, Fenton and Burrows were all arrested over five days in separate police actions that dragged in officers from the Leichhardt, Inner West, Sydney City and Eastern Suburbs commands.
Court papers obtained by Daily Mail Australia reveal a timeline of four sets of incidents that allegedly took place on the weekend of June 24-25 across Pyrmont, Ultimo, Balmain and Rozelle.
Police allege Lewis ‘intentionally and recklessly’ damaged the bonnet and driver-side door of Fenton’s Mercedes-Benz sedan at Ultimo about 3.30pm on the Saturday.
Lewis is accused of assaulting Burrows causing her actual bodily harm about the same time but was not arrested until 7.15pm on the Sunday. She has not entered pleas to those charges.
Fenton is accused of assaulting Lewis occasioning actual bodily harm at Pyrmont about an hour after she allegedly damaged his car but was not arrested until four days later. He has pleaded not guilty.
Burrows was charged with contravening an apprehended violence order at Balmain between 4.30pm and 6pm on the Saturday. She pleaded guilty on July 19 but no conviction was recorded.
Police allege the final incident in the series of encounters among the four occurred when Wood confronted Fenton at the kids’ soccer game between 8.40am and 8.53am on the Sunday.
Police allege Holly Lewis (pictured) ‘intentionally and recklessly’ damaged the bonnet and driver-side door of Jon Fenton’s car at Ultimo about 3.30pm on June 24
Jon Fenton (left) is the subject of a restraining order taken out by police to protect Holly Lewis. Mischa Burrows (right) is accused of contravening an apprehended violence order
Wood allegedly belted Fenton to the ground at King George Park and punched him up to 15 times. He was arrested and Fenton was taken by ambulance to hospital.
Wood, who has pleaded not guilty, appeared via video link the next day at Downing Centre Local Court where he unsuccessfully applied for bail.
A police prosecutor told the court Wood had knocked Fenton out of his chair in an ‘unprovoked’ and ‘savage’ attack in front of families who had come to the park to watch their children play soccer.
‘After the initial punch [Wood] continued to punch and kick [Fenton] up to 15 times to the rib area,’ he said, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Fenton allegedly tried to protect himself before members of the public offered first aid.
Describing the case against Wood as strong, the prosecutor noted the former boxer was ‘no stranger to inflicting violence upon others’ and said his record ‘did him no favours’.
Wood’s lawyer Grant Slowgrove said while the alleged assault was ‘a serious matter’, his client’s record was ‘limited’.
Mr Slowgrove told the court Wood ‘had told police a very different version to the facts’ and insisted his previous career as a boxer ‘doesn’t make him a greater risk of violence’.
Magistrate Sharon Freund said she could not be satisfied by any proposed bail conditions and remanded the father-of-two in custody.
Relations between Wood, 45, Lewis, 35, Fenton, 41, and Burrows, 40, are complex. Fenton has a child with Lewis and two with Burrows. Wood and Lewis are pictured
Wood was found guilty of a domestic violence-related common assault in August 2020 but was not convicted, instead being placed on an 18-month conditional release order.
At the same time he accepted the imposition of a 12-month AVO to protect Lewis without making any admissions of wrongdoing.
Fenton has served jail time for domestic violence-related offences including assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault, contravening an AVO, destroying or damaging property and stalking/intimidation.
Police have successfully sought AVOs against Fenton to protect Burrows – one order ran for 18 months from November 2015 and another for two years from March 2018.
An AVO against Fenton was applied for on Lewis’s behalf in May 2018 but was withdrawn and dismissed.
Police were granted an AVO to protect Fenton from Burrows in August last year. That order, which prevents Burrows from assaulting, threatening, stalking, harassing or intimidating Fenton, was reinforced for two years on July 19.
Wood will return to court on September 6, Lewis on July 27 and Fenton on March 13 next year.
Wood (right) dropped former NRL player-turned-boxer Anthony Mundine (left) in five rounds in December 2010. Mundine won the rematch by unanimous decision in April 2011 (above)