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Hookes' death may prompt further charges

20/01/2004 05:35:28 AM Comments (0)

Police will consider whether to lay further charges over a fatal assault on Australian cricket legend David Hookes today after his death in a Melbourne hospital last night.

Hookes, 48, died from head injuries suffered when he was bashed in a scuffle outside a bayside Melbourne hotel on Sunday night.

The Victorian coach, former Test player and media commentator was celebrating an ING Cup one-day win over South Australia at the Beaconsfield Hotel with present and past teammates immediately before the fracas.

Tributes and expressions of sympathy flowed for Hookes and his family yesterday as a 21-year-old hotel bouncer arrested over the incident faced Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with assault.

Reading from a brief prepared statement, Hookes' brother Terry Cranagh last night praised the bystanders, paramedics and hospital staff who tried to save his brother's life.

"We trust the police will conduct a full investigation into the cause of the incident and that the justice process will provide us with some insight into what occurred," he said.

A police spokeswoman last night said no further charges would be laid before today.

Witness accounts of the incident vary, but about 11.45pm (AEDT) as his group was leaving, Hookes fell heavily and hit his head after being punched once in the head.

Paramedics revived Hookes after about 30 minutes and he was taken to The Alfred Hospital, where he remained in a coma in the intensive care unit until he died.

Hookes' family members decided to turn off the life-support system about 7pm (AEDT) last night.

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