Murder charge laid over tourist's death

A NEWRYBAR man has been charged with murder after the bashing death of an Irish tourist at Byron Bay.

The tourist, believed to be Colm Kenny, 30, of Ballycastle, County Mayo, was found unconscious with severe head injuries at the corner of Jonson and Lawson streets about 3am on Sunday, May 11.

He was flown to the Royal Brisbane Hospital for treatment but has since died.

Police said they charged a 20-year-old Newrybar man yesterday morning with Mr Kenny's murder and released him on conditional bail. He will appear at Lismore Local Court on July 22.

Police have not released the tourist's name. However, they have confirmed he came from Ballycastle, where a local paper, the Mayo Advertiser, has named him as Colm Kenny.

Police continue to appeal for witnesses to contact Byron Bay police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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