A punch that led to the death of a 28-year-old man outside a Gascoyne resort may have been filmed on a mobile phone police revealed yesterday, as the man charged over the attack faced Carnarvon Magistrate's Court.
Geraldton father Brendon Bellottie, 31, is accused of punching Blake Dowding, of Beldon, in the face - causing him to fall and hit his head on the ground - outside the Heritage Resort Shark Bay in Denham about 2.20am on New Year's Day.
Police officers tried to resuscitate the unconscious man and rushed him to Shark Bay nursing post but he could not be revived.
Police prosecutor Sgt Mick Wellstead told the court there was a brawl on the dance floor in the bar of the resort and shortly before closing time Mr Bellottie was asked to leave.
It is understood Mr Bellottie was allegedly involved in the fight but Mr Dowding - who had been holidaying at the popular tourist area, about 850km north-west of Perth, with his partner and friends - was not.
Mr Bellottie, a Department of Fisheries officer, stayed outside the bar and when he later saw Mr Dowding leave with friends, he ran across the road and punched him, the court was told. He was charged with grievous bodily harm and appeared via video-link from Denham yesterday.
Sgt Wellstead said he would oppose bail because a "custodial sentence was imminent".
Outside the court, Shark Bay Sgt Glenn South said police had heard the incident may have been filmed on a mobile phone.
"There were a lot of schoolies there and they are of a technological age and would have jumped on their phones," Sgt South said.
Mr Bellottie was remanded in custody. His lawyer Alana Wolden is expected to apply for bail when the case returns to court tomorrow.
Any witnesses with information or phone footage are urged to call Shark Bay police on 9948 1201 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.