EMERGING footballer Sam Davis died from a freak single punch that severed a crucial bone in his spine, the Adelaide Magistrates Court has heard today.
The young man who allegedly king-hit the South Adelaide footballer during a party fight was today granted home detention bail.
Heath Arthur Clake, 18, has been in custody since the incident at a party at Brighton in May.
Davis, 17, died in hospital days after being hit once, allegedly by Clake, during what prosecutor David Plater described as a "confusing melee or fracas."
Mr Plater opposed Clake's release on bail, saying there were real fears the accused would commit more offences if released on bail.
Mr Plater said Clake was on bail and under a night-time curfew when he allegedly king hit Davis from behind or the side.
He said the melee had started with "some dispute about surfing."
"(Clake) struck the deceased in a part of his spine whereby it has resulted in his eventual death," Mr Plater said.