Man gets bail after alleged fight

A MAN accused of manslaughter after his neighbour died following an alleged fight has been granted bail.

Michael Patrick McGuire, 50, of Boolboonda, was charged in Bundaberg Magistrates Court following the alleged fight with neighbour Colin Lavaring on Christmas Eve.

He was initially charged with grievous bodily harm, but that was upgraded to the more serious charge after Mr Lavaring, 66, died in hospital on December 31.

Mr Lavaring received several injuries during the alleged fight including a broken left cheek, broken jaw and swelling to the brain.

He was taken by helicopter to the Royal Brisbane Hospital, where he later died.

McGuire had appeared in the magistrates court for a bail application on January 7, but Magistrate Jennifer Batts voluntarily stood down due to a conflict of interest.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott yesterday told the court McGuire was not a flight risk, having lived in the area for 15 years.

Several friends and family members were in court to support McGuire.

His surety was set at $10,000, which was paid by a close friend.

Magistrate Sheryl Cornack granted McGuire’s bail, with conditions he had no direct or indirect contact with the Lavaring family.

The case was adjourned for committal mention on May 10 to give police enough time to gather evidence.



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