Ellenbrook brawlers 'thought they were boxers' after Green v Mundine fight
A GROUP of fight fans who watched Danny Green beat Anthony Mundine in a boxing match left an Ellenbrook hotel “thinking they were boxers” — before a brawl that led to the death of a father of two.
In the District Court yesterday, details emerged of how Diego Hulton died after being punched and kicked in a fight in the carpark of the Brook Bar and Bistro on the night of February 4 last year.
After watching the fight between Green and Mundine, the court was told that the 37-year-old got caught up in a punch-up with other patrons, who had first become involved with his younger brother Jorveth.
But it was Diego who was downed by a “windmill roundhouse” punch thrown by Salvatore Raimondi that witnesses said led to Mr Hulton collapsing on the ground and hitting his head on the bitumen.
Raimondi then kicked him when he was on the ground.
Mr Hulton’s head injuries led to his family turning off his life support several days later.
Yesterday, Raimondi formally admitted doing an act that endangered Mr Hulton’s life — a conviction that Judge Andrew Stavrianou told him would lead to an immediate prison term.
How long that sentence will be is due to be decided on Friday.
Prosecutor Christine Aynsley said it could not be proved that Raimondi’s actions led directly to Mr Hulton’s death, and Judge Stavrianou said he would not sentence him on that basis.
But she said that witnesses to the brawl had seen Raimondi posing “like a peacock wanting to fight” before punching the victim.
“He was fuelled by alcohol and pumped up ... anyone who lives in this state would be aware of the potential risks,” Ms Aynsley said.
Lawyer Michael Tudori conceded that Raimondi later told police that “after the fight everyone were thinking they were boxers”.
“He is remorseful, he is sorry — he never went to hurt anybody that night,” Mr Tudori said.
Mr Hulton originated from Rotorua in New Zealand but had been in Australia working for several years.
His family raised more than $20,000 to take his body home.
Another man, Jordan Peter Clarke, is also facing charges over the assault on Mr Hulton.
Mr Clarke has been accused of assault occasioning bodily harm and doing an act endangering life.
He will face a trial next year.