News

Field tells court alleged fatal punch thrown in self defence

FORMER NRL star Craig Field told the Lismore Supreme Court of throwing a punch that felled cattle farmer Kelvin Kane at the Kingscliff Beach Hotel in 2012 in self defence.

The 41-year-old former South Sydney Rabbitohs captain is accused of the king-hit murder of 51-year-old Mr Kane on July 15, 2012.

The trial continued yesterday on day 10 with the defence calling Field and Professor John Hilton to give evidence.

Under examination by his defence barrister Tony Bellanto QC, Field told the jury he and friend Shaun "Feathers" Fathers were enjoying an afternoon at the hotel after watching an Anthony Mundine fight until tensions escalated between Mr Fathers and Mr Kane's friend, Lyn Burger.

Field told the jury that following an argument between the pair, Mr Fathers was accused of grabbing Ms Burger around the throat, which Field said "did not happen."

"Shaun was getting heated and I more or less said to him just cool down," Field said.

When aggravation exploded between publican Geoff Wallis and Mark Frost over a comment Mr Frost made about Mr Wallis' stillborn baby, Field said he and Mr Fathers helped "move people on."

Field said he then went to the car park and chatted to Mark Frost, who was sitting in the front of his Holden Rodeo, when he heard yelling and swearing and a fight broke out.

When he moved away from the front window of the Rodeo, Field said he saw Mr Kane and Mr Fathers at the back of the vehicle grabbing each other by the arms and struggling.

"I saw Shaun throw punches at Mr Kane," he said.

"From what I saw Shaun was the aggressor.

"I saw Mr Kane throw a punch at Mr Fathers."

Field said he did not see Mr Fathers' punch connect with Mr Kane but he heard the "thud." Acting as the peacemaker, Field said he moved closer to stop any more punches being thrown.

"I saw his (Mr Kane's) hand cocked and I thought he was going to hit me so I threw a punch that hit him to his right head region," he said.

"As soon as my hand hit him he just fell straight down.

"I didn't want to hurt him and I wasn't at the pub to fight anyone."

Professor Hilton told the jury it was possible for someone suffering an injury like Mr Kane did to remain on their feet for up to a minute, able to throw a punch, before crumbling to the ground.

The Crown Prosecutor and defence barrister will give their closing submissions today.

Topics:  craig field editors picks king hit



Ballina 'uninhabitable' in latest sea level rise scenario

INUNDATION THREAT: Areas in dark blue show the impact of a 0.74m seal level rise, while areas in light blue show a 2m rise.

Ballina, Byron Bay and more coastal towns to go underwater

Bring the Ski Jump to Lismore, says MP

CONTROVERSIAL: A digital image of the proposed Lake Ainsworth Olympic ski jump facility provided by the NSW Office of Sport.

Page MP and Lismore mayor would welcome the Ski Jump in Lismore.

Climbing for Lismore flood fundraiser

The 2017 Lismore Flood

SCU student to climb Mont Blanc for Lismore.

Local Partners

Bring the Ski Jump to Lismore, says MP

PAGE MP and Lismore mayor say if Lennox Head doesn't want the proposed Ski Jump, then bring it to Lismore.


First female superhero film in 12 years

AMAZON: Actress Gal Gadot in a scene from the film Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman opens next Thursday

Stories Troy Cassar-Daley carries around

LEGEND: Troy Cassar-Daley after receiving the Golden Guitar Award for Album of the Year during the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January.

You can see him in Ballina this weekend

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Concert death toll revised up to 22, tour suspended

TWENTY-TWO people have been killed and at least 59 people have been injured following a terror attack in Manchester

Nattali Rize at the top of the charts

ARTIST: Australian reggae artist Nattali Rize has Native American and Samoan roots and lives between Byron Bay, Cairns and Jamaica.

Her debut album hit the top at the Global Reggae Charts

Casual Keanu says fame is ‘cool’

Keanu Reeves in a scene from the movie John Wick: Chapter 2.

NOBODY expected much of John Wick when it was released in 2014.

Ariana Grande breaks her silence after fatal blast

According to reports quoting witnesses, a mass emergency evacuation was prompted after explosions were heard at the end of US singer Ariana Grande's concert in the arena.

The entertainment industry is in shock after attack on concert

Pitch Perfect star suing Woman’s Day over ‘liar’ articles

Actor Rebel Wilson outside court on Friday.

REBEL Wilson's career destroyed by grubby campaign, court hears.

First female superhero film in 12 years

AMAZON: Actress Gal Gadot in a scene from the film Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman opens next Thursday

Seven Year Switch: The boner to end all boners

Johnny’s outraged over claims he has a cracked boner.

She gulps. Her face says it all.

Bonville to become new housing hub

REZONING: Large areas of Bonville have been rezoned for residential

Land rezoning will turn farmland into housing

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

REVEALED: Where it's cheaper to pay off a mortgage than rent

6/190 Ewing Rd, Woodridge, is listed for offers $215,000. Picture: realestate.com.au

Brisbane suburbs where it is cheaper to buy than rent

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!