Man accused of fatal punch in Surfers has charges upgraded after victim’s death

UPDATE | THE man accused of throwing the fatal punch that killed a Brazilian backpacker in Surfers Paradise has had his charges upgraded in court.

27-year-old Ricky Lefoe fronted Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday, a matter of days after the death of the alleged victim, Ivan Susin.

Police confirmed the 29-year-old died in hospital on Friday, after nearly two weeks in an induced coma.


Mr Susin was knocked unconscious when he hit hit head on the footpath along Orchid Avenue on October 1, following an alleged brawl which is believed to have been sparked by a stolen hot chip.

CCTV footage played to the court appeared to show Mr Susin joining in the brawl, throwing a punch that missed, before Lefoe knocked him to the ground.

Defence lawyer Cambell MacCallum will argue his client was trying to break up the fight when the incident occurred and he is genuinely remorseful for his actions.

“There is a strong case here for self-defence,” he told the court.

Mr Lefoe’s bail was continued despite the new charges.

The matter will return to court for a committal mention on December 10.

EARLIER | The man allegedly responsible for the death of a Brazilian backpacker on the Gold Coast will front court today.

Ricky Lefoe had been charged with grievous bodily harm following the fight which allegedly sparked over a hot chip in Surfers Paradise earlier this month.

His alleged victim, Ivan Susin, had to be placed into an induced coma following the brawl, though he sadly passed away in hospital on Friday.

Today will be the first time Lefoe has fronted court since the death.

His charges are expected to be upgraded.

Earlier article: Man dies almost two weeks after brutal assault in Surfers Paradise