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NRL star faces murder charge

Former NRL player Craig Field
Former NRL player Craig Field John Gass

FORMER NRL star Craig Field has appeared in court charged with murder after a man found unconscious outside a Kingscliff hotel on Sunday died in hospital.

The former South Sydney Rabbitohs captain Craig Field, 39, and Shaun Fathers, 41, were both charged with the murder of 50-year-old Kelvin Kane after an alleged assault on Sunday.

Neither Field nor Fathers applied for bail and they were both remanded in custody.

Tweed Police alleged that all the men knew each other and a disagreement started between them inside a Kingscliff hotel.

All three men were residents of Kingscliff.

At a press conference, Tweed superintendent Stuart Wilkins said police were called to the hotel at 9.15pm on Sunday in response to an assault taking place.

"Upon arrival police located an unconscious 50-year-old male person who was being the subject of CPR," Supt Wilkins said.

"At that time police discovered that he had been assaulted."

Supt Wilkins said inquiries led to a home in Kingscliff where police arrested Field and Fathers.

"There was a confrontation in the hotel during the afternoon and evening and at the closing of the hotel it has moved to the car park where it took a violent turn and the victim was assaulted," he said.

"Certainly it was one significant punch that led this man to fall to the ground and hit his head, which is the cause of his significant injuries.

"We had five or six people who witnessed the assault who are helping police with the investigation today."

"Absolutely alcohol related crime is a significant issue for us here at Tweed/Byron Local Area Command. One punch can kill," he said.

"There are examples where this is happening far too often."

Field and Fathers were coaches at the Cudgen Hornets.

Field took up the position of captain/coach of the Hornets in 2011 and was coaching the A grade team this season.

Fathers was the coach of Cudgen's under 18 side in 2011.

 

EARLIER REPORTS:

A man allegedly king hit by former NRL star Craig Field last night has died in hospital.

Kelvin Kane, 51, was found unconscious out the front of a Kingscliff hotel about 9.15pm on Sunday.

He was resuscitated at the scene and rushed to the Tweed Heads Hospital where he died about 1.15pm today.

Mr Field, 39, and a 41-year-old man, were arrested at a Kingscliff last night.

They will front the Tweed Heads Court this afternoon where they are expected to be charged with murder.

 

Assaulted man fighting for life

A MAN is in a critical condition in hospital after allegedly being punched to the ground on Marine Parade, Kingscliff.

After responding to reports of an assault, Tweed police and NSW Ambulance paramedics found a 51-year-old man lying unconscious on the ground outside a Marine Pde pub.

The man was discovered about 9.15pm on Sunday.

Paramedics performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the man before he was conveyed to Tweed Hospital and placed on life support.

Two men, aged 39 and 41, were arrested at the scene and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.

Police have not yet charged anyone over the alleged assault and investigations into the incident are continuing.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information that could help investigating officers is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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