A 25-year-old Scullin man charged with assault has applied for bail on the grounds that he needs to look after his two dogs.
David John Welch and four co-offenders are accused of assaulting a group of men with a baseball bat, a metal pole and a machete in March.
The court heard the three alleged victims were drinking at a house in Giralang when the group attacked them.
They all suffered head injuries.
Welch’s mother told the ACT Magistrates Court that her son needed to be released from custody so he could look after his two dogs.
She said the older pet frets without him and she would not like to see the dog die while her son was in custody.
In refusing bail, Magistrate Maria Doogan said she was amazed that the application had been made on those grounds and told Welch’s lawyer he had wasted the court’s time.