Court matters adjourned for manslaughter accused

THE man accused of the manslaughter of Kyle Watkins remains in custody after his matters were mentioned before Coffs Harbour Local Court today.

Coffs Harbour resident Tyson Egan, 24, is accused of the unlawful killing of Mr Watkins, 26, following an alleged one-punch attack in Coffs Harbour's CBD in October.

Police say Mr Watkins had travelled from his Ulmarra home to Coffs Harbour on October 3 to celebrate a birthday with a group of friends, including Mr Egan.

Later that night, Mr Egan allegedly struck Mr Watkins during an altercation on West High St causing him to fall on the roadway, resulting in a fractured skull that rendered him unconscious.

Mr Watkins was transferred to Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital and despite efforts of medical staff, died from the injuries on October 7.

Following the incident, it is alleged Mr Egan had provided a statement to police saying he had witnessed an unknown man punch Mr Watkins and the offender had fled the scene.

The court heard Mr Egan had colluded with witnesses to say the same thing.

Police allege recorded telephone conversations back this claim including a witness texting to Mr Egan: "I'm here for ya bro stick to ur story."

Magistrate Jeff Walker adjourned Mr Egan's matters for a crime scene examination report and results of the post-mortem to be added to the brief of evidence.

Mr Egan is due to re-appear before Coffs Harbour Local Court on February 9, 2016.



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