A former Rugby League player sentenced to ten years over the death of a farmer on the Tweed, tried and failed to appeal his sentence and conviction on Wednesday.
Ex Rabbitoh Craig Field was jailed for manslaughter over a pub fight at the Kingscliff Hotel in July 2012, which left north coast cattle farmer Kelvin Kane dead.
The sentence was delivered in the Lismore court complex a year ago. It was determined that he would face a non parole period of seven years and six months.
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Field lodged a last-minute reference from media heavyweight Alan Jones – a former mentor of his at the Rabbitohs who described him as “enthusiastic, passionate and decent”.
Justice Fullerton said the community demanded a “general deterrence” for “unprovoked, uncontrollable, lethal violence”.