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Accused to face murder charge

THE man accused of bashing another man to death in a Gatton pub has been committed to stand trial at the Supreme Court.

Christopher James Earel, 27, is charged with murdering Laurence Shane Black, 46, during a bar fight at the Imperial Hotel on Railway St on October 28 last year.

The Ipswich Magistrates Court heard the men were not known to each other but had both been at the Historic Motorcycle Club of Queensland's Gatton Swap Meet during the day.

Revellers gathered at the pub for the evening and the altercation broke about 11pm.

An autopsy revealed Mr Black died after two arteries in his neck snapped by a blow to the head and blood leaked into the base of his brain.

The doctor who conducted the autopsy said due to Mr Black's high level of intoxication, his muscles would have been more susceptible to tearing which severed the arteries to the brain and resulted in death.

He said the injuries could only have been sustained by a strike to the head and not as a result of falling to the ground.

In a statement tendered to the court, one witness said she had seen Mr Black standing at the bar for about 10 minutes before the fight broke out and said "he was pretty quiet" before it.

A female witness told the court "that man", while she pointed at Earel in the dock, had pulled Mr Black away from the bar and saw him throw his whole body into him, but didn't see the pair connect.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess committed Earel to stand trial at the Supreme Court in Brisbane on a date to be fixed.

Topics:  gatton, ipswich magistrates court


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