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Murder accused granted bail but no clubbing

ONE of the men accused of murdering Sunshine Coast businessman Wayne Dover last year has been granted bail on the condition he cannot go out clubbing.

The Brisbane Supreme Court heard yesterday Matthew John Hill, 28, one of three men charged with the murder of Mr Dover, was likely to stay out of trouble if he was not out at night.

Mr Hill has been charged with killing Mr Dover following a fight outside the Maroochydore nightclub The Factory in the early hours of November 30 last year.

He presented an affidavit to the court presenting his version of events, and "enhanced" CCTV footage from the night.

Justice Debra Mullins said in a trial there would be a question for the jury whether Mr Dover had started the fight with the group.

The court heard the video appeared to show Mr Dover turning to one of the brothers who fell to the ground.

During the fight which ensued Mr Dover himself was knocked to the ground.

Mr Dover suffered what was described as a "fatal injury" in the fight and was rushed to hospital where he died.

The court heard Mr Hill has been in custody since November 10 last year when he was arrested.

Justice Mullins noted the details of the offence were different form the initial police report about Mr Dover's death.

"The shape of the case is slightly different than the shape that appeared that he time the applicant was charged," she said.

Justice Mullins said Mr Hill's criminal and traffic history showed alcohol "appeared to be a factor" in his offending.

"The incident he is charged with occurred after he was at a nightclub and alcohol is likely to have been an issue," she said.

Justice Mullins said as "no one goes to nightclubs before 10pm" a curfew should keep him out of alcohol-fuelled trouble.

The court heard a trial for Mr Dover's murder was unlikely to take place until late next year or in the first half of 2016.

- APN NEWSDESK



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