Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Father Tells Court of His Grief at Loss

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Father Tells Court of His Grief at Loss

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Byline: Rae Wilson APN Newsdesk

A SUNSHINE Coast dad has hit out at the senseless alcohol-fuelled violence that left his son to die alone on "a hotel bar floor" at Gatton as the "assailant" awaits sentence for manslaughter.

Bryson Black, 73, said he had lost his riding companion, debating partner, friend and mate when Laurence, 46, died.

Christopher James Earel, 29, was found guilty of manslaughter after a jury rejected a murder charge against him after a trial in Brisbane Supreme Court.

Crown prosecutor Brendan Campbell attributed Earel's ability to deliver rapid punches during a fight at the Gatton hotel to his boxing background.

"The attack was brutal," he said.

Defence barrister Robert East sought to dispel talk of his client being an amateur boxer, saying he had fought in just four bouts on the Sunshine Coast and Caboolture.

He said he had only boxed as an extension of being a "fitness fanatic" and that he rarely drank alcohol. …

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