Man charged over death of his mate

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - GRACE MA­SON

A “TRIP of a life­time” be­tween two child­hood mates has ended in tragedy on a Far North beach with one dead and the other ac­cused of caus­ing it.

The pair and their part­ners were so tight- knit they were liv­ing to­gether in Bris­bane and jour­neyed to Cape York dur­ing July last year.

It was while they were camped at re­mote Chilli Beach, north of Lock­hart River, that the two men were drink­ing and al­legedly got into an ar­gu­ment that turned into a phys­i­cal fight.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Ge­off Marsh did not de­tail the na­ture of the al­leged fight, but said 46year- old Bris­bane man Rob­bie Irvine was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

He said it had taken more than a year for de­tec­tives to charge his 48- year- old friend with man­slaugh­ter, partly due to po­lice await­ing the out­come of pathol­ogy re­sults.

The man is due to ap­pear in the Bris­bane Mag­is­trates Court on Septem­ber 4. Det Insp Marsh said the fight be­tween the pair had been wit­nessed by oth­ers at the camp­ground.

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