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Man to fight charge over Vic teen death

AAP logoAAP 14/09/2016 Caitlin Guilfoyle

Teenager Patrick Cronin who died from a brain injury suffered blows during a football game before being punched outside Melbourne pub, a court has been told.

Andrew William Lee is accused of fatally striking Mr Cronin during the wild brawl outside a Diamond Creek pub in April.

Prosecutors say Mr Cronin, 19, was acting as a mediator when he was punched by Lee.

Lee's lawyers say the 33-year-old, who is charged with one count of murder, was also trying to protect friends during the melee.

Mr Cronin was holding back one of his friends, who was fighting with some of Lee's associates, when Lee stepped in to defend his mates, barrister Mark Gumleton told the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

He also said video footage showed Mr Cronin being hit during a football game earlier that day.

The Eltham teenager walked home after the pub brawl, but was taken to hospital soon after and later died from a brain injury.

"There's no evidence as to what blow caused that," Mr Gumbleton told the court.

Mr Cronin's friends will be cross-examined about the teenager's movements when Lee fronts a committal hearing in May.

About 16 witnesses, including medical experts, are expected to testify during the five-day proceeding.

More than 30 people were involved in the brawl outside the Windy Mile pub on April 16.

Lee is on bail.

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