Craig Field was found guilty of manslaughter in the Lismore Supreme Court this afternoon.
Craig Field was found guilty of manslaughter in the Lismore Supreme Court this afternoon. Cathy Adams

Jury finds Craig Field guilty of manslaughter, not murder

CRAIG Field has been found not guilty over the murder of Kelvin Kane in a king-hit attack at the Kingscliff Beach Hotel in 2012, but guilty of manslaughter.

He was refused bail.

Crown Prosecutor Lee Carr alleged the 41-year-old former South Sydney Rabbitohs captain threw a fatal punch to the left jaw of the 51-year-old farmer on July 15, which caused a subarachnoid haemorrhage (bleeding on the brain) resulting in Mr Kane's death.

The defence case presented by Field's barrister Tony Bellanto QC was that Field threw a punch which landed in the right temple area on Mr Kane and knocked him to the ground just seconds after Shaun Fathers threw the fatal blow to Mr Kane's left jaw area.

The 12 person jury comprising of seven men and five women heard 13 days of evidence at Lismore Supreme Court.

This morning the jury requested a transcript of Field's evidence.

After more than six hours of deliberations the jury handed Justice Fullerton a note at 2.50pm today saying they had reached a unanimous verdict.

When the foreman read out the guilty verdict on the charge of manslaughter, Field's wife Ellen burst into tears and was comforted by a friend.

Field remained straight faced, sitting in the dock with his arms folded, his chin resting on his left wrist.