Drank together on night before
A 42-YEAR-old Coffs Harbour man will face court in Grafton on Monday on a charge arising from the death of a man at Baryulgil earlier this week.
Donald Neil Gordon appeared in a bail court hearing in Grafton yesterday following his arrest on Thursday. He was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death.
In a statement of facts tendered to the court, police claim Gordon, the victim and two other men began drinking heavily on Wednesday and continued into the night at a Baryulgil property.
Police allege Gordon and the victim argued at times during the night and shaped up to fight on a couple of occasions.
About midnight it is alleged Gordon and the victim decided to leave and despite being heavily intoxicated they drove off.
A police witness alleges about 30 or 40 minutes later Gordon returned, saying he had hurt his friend.
Soon after a 000 call was made and ambulance officers arrived about 3am. Although not able to find a body, they found a white Toyota Hilux rolled in a ditch a few kilometres from where the men had been drinking.
Police said two men who had been drinking with the victim and the accused arrived at 11am on Thursday and took them to a ditch on Lyonsville Rd, where they found the body of a man in his 30s, his face and body covered in blood.
At 1.45pm Gordon attended the crime scene and told police he may be involved.
Police allege Gordon admitted to running over the victim with his vehicle at the main gate of the property.
He told police he then drove to Malabugilmah, where he had been staying with his mother, and could not remember returning to the property at Baryulgil.
Police attended the Malabugilmah property and seized clothes and a white Magna sedan belonging to Gordon.
Police investigations are continuing and they haven't ruled out further charges for the accused after a post-mortem examination of the victim next week.
Police urge anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: www.police.nsw.gov.au.