Tweed death charge goes to trial
A GOLD COAST man charged over the death of his friend in Tweed Heads has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and will stand trial.
Cyrus Harry Peri, 28, from Coombabah, was yesterday ordered in Lismore District Court to stand trial on March 29 next year.
Peri, who remains on bail with a $50,000 surety, was represented by defence lawyer Ron Behlau during the brief court appearance.
Peri is charged with causing the death of popular Byron Bay businessman Mark Wallace during a struggle at Tweed Heads on January 5, 2008.
In a previous hearing, differing accounts of a struggle involving Peri and Mr Wallace were given.
The struggle took place during a night out with the two men and their girlfriends.
The two couples had been at the Tweed/Coolangatta Surf Life Saving Club before going to the Twin Towns Services Club and were returning to their holiday unit at 4.30am when the two men began to wrestle.
Peri's statement to police said Mr Wallace hit his head on concrete paving when both men fell to the ground.
Mr Wallace's girlfriend Donna McKevett in her police statement said she saw Peri hold Mr Wallace in a headlock and strike him three times with a clenched fist.
After that, Mr Wallace fell to the ground, hitting his head.
Peri's girlfriend Kylie Newman in her police statement described how she saw the men wrestling and swinging their arms at each other.
Mr Wallace was taken by ambulance to the Tweed Hospital with a traumatic brain injury and died later that day.
Peri, a New Zealand national, moved to the Gold Coast in 1996.