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Man guilty of killing NZer in bar fight

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/06/2016

A man has been found guilty of unlawfully killing a stranger by punching him and stomping on his head during a bar fight in a country town northeast of Perth.

New Zealand man Jed Beaumont, 33, was in a coma and died at Royal Perth Hospital on May 11 last year, three weeks after he was attacked by 24-year-old Hubert Benjamin Humes.

The West Australian Supreme Court heard during the trial that Mr Beaumont and a friend were leaving the Commercial Hotel in Northam on April 17 last year when they were confronted by a group of people and a fight broke out.

Humes punched Mr Beaumont in the face, causing him to fall back and hit his head on the pavement, and then stomped on Mr Beaumont's head as he lay unconscious.

Prosecutor Bernard Standish said a post-mortem revealed Mr Beaumont, who worked as a chef at Yongah Hill Detention Centre, died from head injuries.

Defence lawyer Paul Sullivan had claimed his client joined the fight when he saw his smaller cousin get punched, adding he only hit the victim once.

Humes was convicted of manslaughter this week and will face a sentencing hearing in July.

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