Manslaughter verdict for fatal punch

A COFFS Harbour man, whose one punch killed a man on the Gold Coast's glitter strip, has been found guilty of manslaughter.

Kenneth Faron Shawn Lionel Major, 24, travelled to the Gold Coast with his wife on February 14, 2010 to watch the Indigenous All Stars NRL match.

Major moved onto Surfers Paradise that evening where he got into a fight with 45-year-old Api Lai on Cavill Ave after drinking at the Bourbon Bar.

A jury heard in the manslaughter trial Mr Lai was punched once in the face before falling backwards and hitting his head on the concrete.

He suffered brain damage and died in hospital a week later.

The court previously heard the fight was sparked from Mr Lai's friend's behaviour towards a number of Major's female friends.

After more than a day of deliberations, a jury found Major guilty of one count of manslaughter in the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Wednesday.

Crown Prosecutor Phil McCarthy said a six-year jail sentence would be appropriate.

Mr McCarthy asked the judge to take into account Major's early remorse for his fatal punch.

Major had apologised to the victim's family following his committal hearing, which Mr McCarthy said was unusual.

"It bears some significance to (victim's partner) and her family," he said.

The sentence will continue on Friday morning.



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