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Man accused of punching

He’s pleaded not guilty and has denied even touching the baby. Courtesy: 9News

A man accused of punching a baby at a Perth hotel car park has denied even touching the infant – saying he only wanted to know if it was real.

Ian Douglas James Gordon is accused of punching ten week old baby Cruz outside the Saint Hotel in March, and has pleaded not guilty to endangering the life safety or health of a person.

He’s now on trial in Perth Magistrates Court, and today took the stand in his own defence, where he said he’d questioned earlier that day why anyone would bring a child to a pub.

He claimed he was reaching for the baby’s blanket which was covering him when the father Curtis MacLean punched him – and a fight broke out.

Ian Gordon admitted consuming 7-8 pints of beer in about 2 and a half hours but said he wasn’t drunk – just jolly.

He says he then ran off because he feared for his safety after he heard people yelling that he’d punched a baby – but claims he never even saw the child.

Yesterday the boys’ father choked up as he described how he felt his newborn son being hit. He admits throwing a punch at Ian Gordon but says that was after the baby was struck.

The magistrate will hand down his decision next month.