Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Footballer died after mate's unprovoked punch, court hears

An amateur footballer died on a Geelong oval after his teammate lashed out unprovoked, a court heard today.
Daniel Singleton, 29, of the Geelong suburb of Highton, has been charged with manslaughter after Nathan Alsop's death at East Geelong Football Club grand final celebrations on Saturday night.
Police allege Singleton delivered a fatal punch to Mr Alsop, 37, before walking back to the clubroom.
Singleton and Mr Alsop were teammates in the East Geelong reserve side.
Detective Senior Constable Sarah Woods told the Geelong Magistrates Court this morning the alleged incident took place at the edge of an oval and a key witness was Singleton's housemate.
She said there had been nothing angry about a conversation involving Singleton and Mr Alsop and, without provocation, Singleton had punched Mr Alsop on the right side of his face, making him fall backwards onto the oval.
"There's nothing aggressive about the conversation until the victim Alsop said: 'You took my wife to the football last week','' Senior Constable Woods told the court.
"The defendant didn't say much in reply except that the victim's wife had tickets to the football.
"The defendant, without any provocation, punched the victim to the right side of the head using a clenched left fist. As a result of being struck, the victim fell backwards.''
Detective Senior Constable Woods said paramedics attended but Mr Alsop died at the scene.

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