Man facing murder trial following fatal brawl fall

MARYBOROUGH man Simeon Frederick Blair will stand trial for the murder of Cleveland Paul Clay at the Carlton Hotel last year.

Blair was committed to the Supreme Court on Thursday after Magistrate John Smith found there was sufficient evidence for a trial to go ahead.

It is alleged Mr Clay died after an altercation with Blair and two other men at the hotel on May 1, 2012.

Witnesses testified during the committal hearing that during the altercation Mr Clay fell from the upstairs balcony.

The final witness was forensic pathologist Dr Rohan Samarasinghe, who was cross-examined at length regarding the possible causes of death.

Dr Samarasinghe told the court the ultimate cause of death was injuries to the brain and skull.



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