Second man charged as inquiries continue into fatal fight

A second man has been charged as inquiries continue into the death of a man at Newcastle earlier this month.

About 3.30am on Friday 8 March 2019, officers from Newcastle City Police District were called to Donald Street, Hamilton, following reports of men fighting in the street.

When police arrived they were told the men had left the area.

A short time later, officers were called to a unit on Coady Street, Hamilton South, where they found the body of a 51-year-old man, and a 23-year-old man unconscious, suffering head injuries.

A 25-year-old man, who was also in the unit, has been charged and remains before the courts.

The injured man was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to John Hunter Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Following inquiries, detectives attended John Hunter Hospital yesterday (Monday 18 March 2019), and charged the 23-year-old man with manslaughter.

The Cooks Hill man was refused bail and will appear in court via bedside hearing today (Tuesday 19 March 2019).

Inquiries into the incident are continuing under Strike Force Delline.