Court orders murder case DNA
FORMER Grafton Rhinos coach Shaun Fathers and his co-accused, NRL star Craig Field will have DNA tests to collect evidence in the alleged king-hit murder of a man at a Kingscliff pub last month.
Police investigating the alleged murder applied to Lismore local court yesterday to carry out a forensic procedure, a mouth swab, to obtain DNA evidence from them.
Solicitors for Fathers and Field did not oppose the application and neither accused was present in court.
Fathers and Field are facing charges of murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent over a fight about 9.10pm on July 15 with Cudgera Creek cattle farmer, 50 year-old Kelvin Kane at the Kingscliff Beach Hotel.
When police arrived on the night they found Mr Kane unconscious outside the front of the hotel with people performing CPR on him.
He was resuscitated at the scene and rushed to Tweed Heads hospital where he died at 1.15pm the following day.
Fathers and Field were arrested at Kingscliff that day and appeared before Tweed Heads court where they were refused bail.
Fathers was granted conditional bail when he appeared at Lismore local court on July 24.
Field has remained in custody since his arrest.
Magistrate Denes ordered the balance of the brief of evidence to be served by September 18 and adjourned the matter for reply at Lismore Local Court on October 2.
Both Field and Fathers are excused from appearing in court on October 2 if legally represented.
Fathers coached the Grafton Rhinos at the start of the 2011 season.