Byron DJ murder accused attempted CPR on victim
BYRON Bay DJ Chris Bradley died after being punched three times in an "unprovoked" attack at a cocaine fuelled party on Christmas night, a court has heard.
The blows allegedly delivered by murder accused Javen O'Neill were witnessed by three people, two of whom told police there had been no prior altercation between the pair before Mr Bradley was punched.
After being struck, the 28-year-old fell to the floor and never regained consciousness.
Supreme Court Justice David Davies today revoked Lismore Local Court's decision last Friday to grant Mr O'Neill bail, after NSW police lodged a Stay of Proceedings.
Justice Davies told the court the fact of the witnesses and the deceased having taken cocaine prior to the death was irrelevant to Mr Bradley dying of the injuries he sustained in being punched.
"There is no doubt the man was punched in the head. He didn't just drop to the ground from cocaine," Justice Davies reportedly told the court.
After throwing the alleged punches, O'Neill - a trained Muay Thai fighter - performed CPR on Bradley and muttered "Come on, you can do it" as he tried to revive him, the Daily Telegraph reported.
In handing down his decision for the accused to be locked up prior to his trial, Justice Davies cited O'Neill's prior convictions, his "short fuse" and the strength of the crown case.
Police allege the two were at a private party in Carlyle Street, Byron Bay where the alleged altercation took place.
Emergency services were called to the home about 11.30pm on Christmas night after receiving reports that Mr Bradley had collapsed.
He was unable to be revived.
Police immediately treated the death as a homicide.
Mr O'Neill was subsequently arrested at Ballina-Byron Gateway Airport about 8.45am last Thursday morning after disembarking from an inbound flight from Sydney.