Man dies after alleged fight in Bunbury’s main street

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
All four men have been remanded in custody.
Camera IconAll four men have been remanded in custody. Credit: Graphic / South Western Times

Four men, including three young footballers from a South West club, could face murder charges in relation to the death of a 56-year-old man after an alleged brawl in Bunbury’s main street on Saturday.

Danny Talbot was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital, where he was put on life support following a fight about 2am on Saturday, but he did not recover from the injuries sustained to his head.

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, have been charged with grievous bodily harm following the incident.

Police prosecutors told the court those charges were being reviewed.

Police on Monday confirmed Mr Talbot had died from his injuries moments after the four men appeared in Bunbury Magistrate’s Court over the alleged melee.

Gregory Humphries and Mr Kelly both play for the Eaton Boomers league side in the South West Football League, while Jonathon Humphries plays colts at the same club.

All three missed Sunday’s matches against the Harvey Bulls while they were in custody.

Gregory Humphries was part of the WA State Academy 16s team in 2015 and played 38 colts and one reserves game for Swan Districts between 2015 and last year.

In court, none of the men applied for bail and all were remanded to appear again via video link from prison on June 6.

A big crowd of supporters — thought to be family and friends of all four men — were in court on Monday.

Some left the courtroom in tears.

The four men were not required to enter pleas and did not say anything, but all four looked at and acknowledged their supporters.

Police allege the fight involved eight to 10 people.

They renewed calls for information, particularly relating to identifying the others involved.

Anyone who saw the incident or who might have information is asked to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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