Charges upgraded after brawl death
Four men behind bars over an alleged brawl on Bunbury’s main street have had their charges upgraded following the death of a man.
The men were charged in relation to the death of 56-year-old father Danny Talbot who sustained head injuries in the alleged brawl on Victoria Street in the early hours of May 25.
Mr Talbot was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital, where he was put on life support, but died from his injuries just days after the incident.
Australind man Gregory Colin Humphries, 20, Carey Park pair Jonathon Lee Humphries, 18, and Joshua Ainsley Kelly, 26, and Armadale man Kirk Angus Boyce, 27, had initially been charged with grievous bodily harm.
All four men appeared in Bunbury Magistrate’s Court via video link from Bunbury Regional Prison on Thursday when police prosecutors successfully applied for the charges to be upgraded.
Gregory Humphries is now facing three charges, including unlawfully assaulting another who died as a direct or indirect result, assault causing bodily harm and common assault.
Jonathon Humphries and Mr Kelly are facing one count each of unlawfully assaulting another who died as a direct or indirect result and assault causing bodily harm.
Mr Boyce has been charged with one count of unlawfully assaulting another who died as a direct or indirect result.
Both Gregory Humphries and Jonathon Humphries and Mr Kelly were playing for Eaton Boomers in the South West Football League this season.
All four are yet to plead to charges and have not applied for bail.
Mr Boyce’s lawyer, Ian Macfarlane, told the court on Thursday that any application for bail was “a long way off”.
The court was told the three other men all had legal aid applications pending and separate lawyers for each had been appointed.
All four had their charges remanded to July 18.
A crowd of supporters — believed to be families of the accused — were in court on Thursday but declined to make any comments outside court.
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