People laying wreaths for Kelvin Kane in the carpark Kingscliff.
People laying wreaths for Kelvin Kane in the carpark Kingscliff. John Gass

Fathers avoids jail on lesser charge for king hit death

SHAUN Fathers has been placed on an 18-month good behaviour bond over his involvement in the king-hit death of Kelvin Kane outside the Kingscliff Beach Hotel in 2012.

Fathers was represented by his solicitor Cameron Bell when he appeared before Magistrate David Heilpern at Lismore Local Court yesterday to be sentenced on the downgraded charge of affray.

Police charged Fathers with affray after he was acquitted by Magistrate Jeff Linden on charges of murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent on November 26 last year.

Fathers, a 16-year member of the Cudgen Leagues Club, coached the Grafton Rhinos in 2011.

The charges he was acquitted on related to his involvement in the alleged king-hit murder of Mr Kane, which occurred in the car park of the Kingscliff Beach Hotel on August 15.

On the night of the incident, Fathers, who the court heard was accused of starting the fight with Mr Kane, had been drinking at the hotel since lunchtime, waiting for an Anthony Mundine fight to start.

Lismore Local Court previously heard the fight was sparked by words said by Fathers about a female friend of Mr Kane's, who had been in a relationship with a footy mate of Fathers'.

Fathers, who now lives at Bathurst, had pleaded guilty to the charge of affray.

Yesterday in court, Fathers was ordered to enter into an 18-month good behaviour bond.