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A SECOND man accused of unlawful striking causing the death of Cole Miller has been remanded in custody.

Daniel Jermaine Lee Maxwell, 21, briefly appeared at Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning after his charge was upgraded.

His lawyer, Michael Bosscher, asked for the case to be adjourned for two weeks to obtain further instructions.
Mr Maxwell did not apply for bail and his case will be mentioned on January 19.
 

Cole Miller died last month after being king hit in Fortitude Valley.
Cole Miller died last month after being king hit in Fortitude Valley. Photo: Facebook

Outside court Mr Bosscher said his client was devastated at what had happened and said he was out celebrating his birthday when the incident occurred.

Mr Maxwell, of Tanah Merah, and Armstrong Renata, 21, of Coombabah, have been charged under Queensland's one punch laws following the death of Mr Miller yesterday.

If convicted, the maximum penalty for unlawful striking causing death is life in jail.

 

Accused one-punch killer of Cole Miller to stay in custody

10.25AM: ONE of the men charged with unlawful striking causing death following Cole Miller's death has been remanded in custody.

Armstrong Renata, 21, briefly appeared at Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning after his previous charge of grievous bodily harm was upgraded to unlawful striking.

This charge was introduced in Queensland 2014 to target one-punch assaults.

Mr Miller died in hospital on Monday after being allegedly punched in the head while in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley in the early hours of Sunday morning.
 


Mr Renata did not apply for bail and his case was adjourned until next month.

His co-accused, Daniel Jermaine Lee Maxwell, is yet to appear at court.

Outside court Mr Renata's lawyer Neil Lawler said his client was "very stressed" and "very anxious" and had never been in custody before.

"I think it's safe to say it's a tragedy for all concerned," he said.

Mr Lawler said his client would likely apply for bail at a later stage. He said it was still unclear whether Mr Renata would fight the charge.

The lawyer said Mr Renata would be held in custody at the police watch house and will then be transferred in the coming days to Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre at Wacol.

 

Two men, 21, may face life in jail over death of Cole Miller

TWO young men could face life in jail after police upgraded their charges under the state's one-punch laws following the death of a teenager.

Hours after Cole Miller lost his fight for life yesterday, two men accused of assaulting him - Armstrong Renata and Daniel Jermaine Lee Maxwell, both 21 - learned their grievous bodily harm charge had been upgraded to unlawful striking causing death.

The unlawful striking causing death charge was introduced in 2014 to target coward-punch cases and carries a maximum of life in jail.
 

Friends of Cole Miller grieve his death at a vigil in Chinatown Mall. Photo: Jorge Branco
Friends of Cole Miller grieve his death at a vigil in Chinatown Mall. Photo: Jorge Branco

Mr Miller, 18, who grew up on the Sunshine Coast, died in hospital on Monday after receiving head injuries in an alleged assault at Brisbane's Fortitude Valley in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Hours before the charges were upgraded yesterday afternoon, Mr Renata, of Coombabah (on the Gold Coast), and Mr Maxwell, of Tanah Merah (near Logan in Brisbane's south), appeared at Brisbane Magistrates Court.

Mr Maxwell applied for bail but was refused.

His defence lawyer Tim Clements revealed Mr Maxwell allegedly had asked Mr Miller and the other person the teenager was with if they wanted to fight before throwing a punch at each of them.

Mr Clements said Mr Renata had then come from behind.

"The co-accused came in ... and that's the punch that has led to this person falling to the ground," Mr Clements told the court.

He said Mr Maxwell had no criminal history and was a full-time roofer.

Mr Renata did not apply for bail.

Both men will appear at Brisbane Magistrates Court again today to face the upgraded charges.

Yesterday afternoon, Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said Mr Miller's death was "senseless" and "an absolute tragedy".

She said the consequences of alcohol-fuelled violence were "horrendous".

- APN NEWSDESK



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