Tuesday, 10 May 2011

WA police are reportedly investigating whether a bikie charged over the death of a New Zealand man at a popular Perth pub was allowed inside by bouncers against the wishes of management.

Bouncers let members of the Rock Machine outlaw bikie gang into the Ocean Beach Hotel, in Cottesloe, hours before 29-year-old Andrew Marshall was thrown from a second floor window, WA Today reported.

The news website reported the bouncers were allegedly "friendly" with the gang members, though management was concerned about their presence.

Mr Marshall was having a drink with friends on Sunday night when he was pushed through a plate glass window.

He fell 7m onto a footpath and died in hospital from head and spinal injuries.

A 25-year-old Rock Machine outlaw bikie gang member has been charged over the death, in what police are saying was an unprovoked attack.

"This is a case of a young man, on a Sunday night, out with his friends having a beer and simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time," Acting Detective Superintendent David Bryson said.

"This young man did not provoke anyone. This is what we'll allege. He was simply grabbed and thrown through a level-two plate glass window."

Chloe Boyce-Bacon, a patron at the pub when the incident occurred, told the New Zealand Herald it was "absolutely horrible".

"We were all having a good time and then all of a sudden everyone ran over to the window. There was broken glass everywhere and you could see him lying there on the ground," the 21-year-old New Zealander said.

"It was horrible, absolutely horrible ... Everyone was a wreck. People were screaming and crying everywhere."

The New Zealand Herald revealed Mr Marshall was a cousin of Scott Guy, a 31-year-old farmer who was shot in the throat in the driveway of his central North Island home last July.

His murder has grabbed headlines in New Zealand since in April police charged his apparently grieving brother-in-law, Ewen MacDonald, over the death.


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