THE MAN accused of killing his neighbour after putting him in a choke hold and punching him in Southport has been granted bail.
Nathan Sanchez, 23, is accused of murdering his neighbour Kane Barry during a fight between the pair outside their Southport apartment complex on September 21.
Sanchez was initially charged with grievous bodily harm, but had that charge upgraded to murder after Mr Barry failed to come out of a coma and his family turned off his life support.
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Crown prosecutor Glen Cash opposed Sanchez’s bail, arguing Sanchez himself claimed to have Mr Barry in a headlock for up to two minutes and was using “as much force as he can”.
Defence barrister Rob East said his client was simply defending himself, given Mr Barry had earlier threatened to attack him with a knife.
Mr Sanchez’s matter has been adjourned to the Southport Magistrates Court on December 11.