Former Rhinos coach Shaun Fathers.
Former Rhinos coach Shaun Fathers. Adam Hourigan

Murder co-accused to return home

THE CO-ACCUSED of former NRL star Craig Field has had his bail varied in the alleged bashing murder of former Cudgera Creek cattle farmer Kelvin Kane at the Kingscliff Hotel in July.

Former Grafton Rhinos first grade rugby league coach Shaun Fathers appeared in Lismore Local Court yesterday facing charges of murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Fathers' solicitor, Cameron Bell, applied for his client's bail conditions to be varied to allow him to reside at Kirra so he can be closer to his father, who is terminally ill with cancer.

Documents handed to the court included a letter from Mr Fathers' doctor, stating his condition was terminal and had deteriorated rapidly since his son's arrest.

Fathers was living with his brother Mark at Bathurst. However, due to his father's condition Magistrate R Denes agreed to vary his bail.

Documents stated Fathers' mother had lodged a $20,000 surety with the court and his brother had lodged $13,000 surety to meet his bail conditions.

Ms Denes ordered Fathers to report to Tweed Heads police station daily, to not go within 5km of Kingscliff Post Office and to drink no alcohol.

She also ordered him to not contact or approach Craig Field, Kelvin Kane's family, any members of the Cudgen Hornets Football Club, or any prosecution witnesses.

Fathers and Field will appear again in Lismore Local Court on December 4.



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