Killer's brother stands trial

THE brother of a Tasmanian teenager, who killed Coffs Harbour man Simon Dingle in Deloraine last year, allegedly told witnesses to lie to police or he would kill them.

The 22-year-old, who can't be named, is standing trial in the Supreme Court in Launceston this week charged with two counts of perverting the course of justice.

Simon Dingle, 27, died after he was punched by the accused's younger brother in Tasmania last year.

The youth was 17 when he fatally injured Mr Dingle with a punch to the head early on January 16, 2010.

He was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to serve three years in jail.

Prosecuting lawyer Greg Hoare this week argued that the teen's older brother was not present at the assault, but threatened several witnesses not to assist police.

The accused has pleaded not guilty to that offence, but guilty to a second charge, admitting he lied to police.



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