News

Alan Jones endorses NRL star Craig Field in king hit trial

ERROR IN JUDGMENT: Craig Field outside Lismore Courthouse during his trial over the 2012 death of Tweed cattle farmer Kelvin Kane.
ERROR IN JUDGMENT: Craig Field outside Lismore Courthouse during his trial over the 2012 death of Tweed cattle farmer Kelvin Kane. Cathy Adams

"A momentary lapse, a snap, an error in judgment" was how Craig Field's barrister Tony Bellanto QC described his client's actions in the king-hit death of Kelvin Kane at Kingscliff Beach Hotel in 2012.

The former South Sydney Rabbitohs captain, 42, will be sentenced in Lismore Supreme Court today after a jury found him guilty of manslaughter over the July 15 incident.

Yesterday Justice Elizabeth Fullerton heard sentencing submissions and Mr Kane's partner and daughter read out victim impact statements.

Mr Kane's partner of 10 years, Sue-Ellen Harlow, described the incident as the loss of a "wonderful, loving and unique man from our lives".

"Due to this horrendous act of violence, which has taken Kelvin too soon, he will never get to walk his daughter down the aisle," Ms Harlow said.

Choking back tears, Georgina Kane told of a "beautiful, caring and loving soul that I miss immensely".

"It felt, and still feels to this day, I'm living a nightmare and I'm waiting to wake up," she said.

Ms Kane said since the incident she had suffered depression, anxiety and insomnia and had seen her brother, Bradley, go from "a funny happy character" to someone who is full of anger.

Mr Bellanto submitted Field got involved in a fight between his friend Shaun Fathers and Mr Kane, endeavouring to be the peacemaker.

He said Field's "error in judgement" was when he lost his self-control and threw the blow that felled Mr Kane.

Mr Bellanto urged Justice Fullerton to consider an intensive correction order or a suspended sentence, rather than fulltime custody.

"Unless you are going to launch into persuading me otherwise, your client will be sentenced to a period of fulltime custody," Justice Fullerton replied.

Crown prosecutor Lee Carr submitted Field took a leading role in the fight after being a peacemaker earlier in the evening.

Mr Carr said Field chose to involve himself in the incident and his motivation for throwing the punch was "backing up his mate".

He submitted that Field's offending was in the mid-range of objective seriousness and it was a "matter that looms large in regards to general deterrence".

In reply, Mr Bellanto tendered a last minute reference from Alan Jones, a mentor of Field's, which drew an interesting reaction from Justice Fullerton.

"Is that Alan Jones, Alan Jones? Goodness me," Justice Fullerton said.

Topics:  rabbitohs, sport




Rudest map: What Northern Rivers place names made the cut?

Bullshit Hill is on Australia's rude map.

We still can't believe that Blue Knob isn't on the list

Lismore roadworks to disrupt bridge traffic

Roadworks

Watch out for changed traffic conditions this weekend

Defiant Gulaptis dumped after speaking out on greyhound ban

Chris Gulaptis  Photo Contributed

Gulaptis dumped for speaking out on greyhounds

Latest deals and offers

Twice as much Troy will please country music lovers

CATCH HIM WHILE YOU CAN: Singer Troy Cassar-Daley plans to take some time off to spend with family next year.

TROY Cassar-Daley is releasing a new album and book.

Top 5 in local entertainment this week

No Caption

Top 5 events in local entertainment this week

Fallskaraoke: Sing for your tickets

The Jezabels are an Australian indie rock band formed in Sydney in 2007. They consist of Nik Kaloper on drums and percussion, Samuel Lockwood on lead guitar, Hayley Mary on lead vocals and Heather Shannon on piano and keyboard.

The 2016/17 Falls Music & Arts Festival line-up has landed!

Courtney Stodden gets Reborn Doll

Courtney Stodden is trying to get over her recent miscarriage

This week's Northern Rivers gig guide

INTIMATE REQUESTS: This month at Miss Amber & Stukulele’s uKE Night you can request or perform your favourite songs from the past five years. The stage will not be used so everyone is at the same level.Come along with or without a four-stringed friend and feel the love of an impromptu community sing along. Adults $10 – Kids under 15 $2.50 from 6:30pm tonight  Thursday at Club Mullum in the Ex-Services Club, Mullumbimby.Photo by  (this one has no water mark)

All the events happening across the region this coming week

Kate McKinnon 'destitute' before SNL

Kate McKinnon says she can't do anything but act

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m