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Trenton Musgrave said William McMaster was threatening him with a rock in his hand when he lashed out in a Maidstone underpass in the early hours.
Musgrave said of a suggestion he was trying to kill Mr McMaster: "Of course not, no. As he went to attack me I put up my hand to block and swung the hammer."
The 29-year-old, of Melville Road, and 26-year-old Liam Quinnell, of Bicknor Road, both deny attempted murder and an alternative charge of wounding with intent.
Maidstone Crown Court has heard Mr McMaster, 35, was attacked after he left a drinks gathering at a flat at Telford House in Boxley Road on June 14 this year.
Quinnell, Musgrave and Alan Murray were all drunk and had earlier been asked to leave the flat by host Brian Johnston.
Prosecutor Andrew Espley said Mr McMaster was assaulted when he stopped Musgrave from attacking Mr Murray.
Musgrave, he said, ran after Mr McMaster and struck him between the shoulder blades with the hammer. He then hit him on the head, causing a depressed fracture.
Mr Espley asked Musgrave: "How much noise did your hammer make when it broke Mr McMaster's skull?"
Musgrave replied: "I don't remember it making much noise."
Neither could he remember, he said, what his argument with Mr Murray was about. He ended up kicking Mr Murray while he was on the ground and Mr McMaster intervened.
"I was a bit shocked and upset he hit me," he said. "A fight ensued between myself and Will."
It ended, he said, when Mr McMaster grabbed a rock from a wall. He and Quinnell then went looking for Mr Murray near the TA centre.
They did not find him and as they drove back down Boxley Road, Mr McMaster threw rocks at the car, said Musgrave.
"I was going to talk some sense into him," he added. "I presumed if I had the hammer he wouldn't try to hit me with the rock."
Musgrave said he pushed Mr McMaster, but did not hit him in the back with the hammer. He struck him three times with the hammer, he claimed - once to the head and twice on the legs.
"I started kicking him because I thought it would be a bit much to carry on with the hammer," he said.
"You don't need to carry on beating someone with a hammer when they are curled up on the floor. It is going over the top."
He agreed he could have killed Mr McMaster with just one blow of the weapon.
"I kicked him because he had just hit me. I didn't need to kick him. It was wrong. I wasn't trying to hurt him. I just wanted to let him know I was angry..." - defendant Liam Quinnell
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