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Footy star facing murder charge

Footy star facing murder charge

Mon July 16, 2012 4:54pm

FORMER NRL star Craig Field has been remanded in custody on a charge of murder following an alleged fight at Kingscliff last night.

Mr Field, 39, and alleged accomplice Shaun Fathers, 41, were both charged with murder this afternoon following the alleged altercation with 50-year-old Kelvin Kane behind the Kingscliff Beach Hotel just before 9pm last night.

Mr Kane died in Tweed hospital this afternoon and Mr Field and Mr Fathers each had their grievous bodily harm charges upgraded to murder.

It is alleged an argument between the two parties inside the pub spilled into the back car park, where a scuffle erupted.

Neither Mr Field nor Mr Fathers, who sat expressionless throughout this afternoon’s court hearing, applied for bail.

The case was adjourned to Lismore court on August 21.

Mr Field, a veteran of 183 first grade rugby league games in Australia, is a Kingscliff local where he works as an electrician.

Field debuted for South Sydney in 1990 and was promoted to captain in 1994.

He also played for Manly-Warringah, Balmain and Wests Tigers.

His career highlights include the 1997 grand final which Manly lost to the Newcastle Knights 22-16 when Darren Albert famously scored the match winning try.

Detectives are continuing with their investigation into the incident and are urging anyone with information that might assist police to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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