Lawyer requests assault case delay

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
All four men appeared together in Bunbury Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Camera IconAll four men appeared together in Bunbury Magistrates Court on Thursday. Credit: South Western Times

A lawyer for one of the men allegedly involved in a fatal brawl on Bunbury’s main street has asked for more time to go through disclosure material, of which he said there was an “awful lot”.

Brothers Gregory Colin Humphries, 20, of Australind, Jonathon Lee Humphries, 18, and Joshua Ainsley Kelly, 26, both of Carey Park, and relative Kirk Angus Boyce, 27, of Armadale, appeared together in Bunbury Magistrates Court on Thursday.

All four men are facing a charge of unlawfully assaulting another who died as a direct or indirect result of the assault over the alleged drunken brawl on Victoria Street on May 25 when Bunbury father Danny Talbot died.

While defence lawyer Ian Macfarlane in court indicated Mr Boyce’s matter should be adjourned to the district court for a trial allocation date, Gregory Humphries’ lawyer Michael Joubert said he needed more time to go through the material before his client entered a plea.

Jonathon Humphries’ lawyer Ian Hope told the court he was “surprised” by the request for more time, given there was “very little” disclosure.

Magistrate Evan Shackleton insisted that all four men’s matters needed to stay together and he subsequently adjourned all for committal mentions on September 26.

Both Jonathon and Gregory Humphries along with Mr Kelly are yet to enter pleas.

Jonathon and Gregory Humphries and Mr Kelly are also facing one count each of assault occasioning bodily harm while Gregory Humphries is also charged with common assault.

All four men were previously granted bail with residential, reporting and curfew conditions.

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