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Punch victim's family share pain of loss

AAP logoAAP 29/07/2016

"Our family has been cruelly ripped apart."

That is how Luke Beaumont describes the death of his 33-year-old brother, Jed, who was fatally punched and stomped on during a fight at a West Australian pub in April last year.

The expectant father from New Zealand was attacked by 24-year-old Hubert Benjamin Humes during a fight at the Commercial Hotel in Northam.

Mr Beaumont, who worked as a chef at Yongah Hill Detention Centre, was left in a coma and died three weeks later.

Humes was found guilty of manslaughter after a trial and faced a sentencing hearing in the WA Supreme Court on Friday.

In a victim impact statement read to the court, Luke said his brother had a heart of gold and his life had been brutally taken away, which meant his child would never know him.

Luke said his happy childhood memories were now sad and future happy times would be overshadowed by his brother's death.

"We suffer under a black cloud that follows us around," he said.

Mr Beaumont's sister, Eliza, described him as her best friend.

"Living without him is unbearable," she said.

"We did everything together."

Ms Beaumont said her brother had fought brain cancer when he was younger and she never thought an act of violence would take his life.

Mr Beaumont's parents listened to proceedings from New Zealand.

Justice Bruno Fiannaca said no sentence could reflect the value of Mr Beaumont's life but he needed more time to consider submissions made by the prosecution and defence counsel.

Humes will be sentenced next week.

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