Four in Aust court over NZer's violent death

Four people appeared in a Perth, West Australia, court today charged over the death last November of a Turangi teenager, following a brawl between Maori and Aborigines.

Giles Lawrence Tyson, 39, Everett James Tyson, 34, a 14-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in Perth District Court this morning, Perth Now website reports.

They were charged with acts that endangered the life, safety or health of another, in relation to Jon Teotinga Warena, 18, who died of severe head injuries after a brawl between 20 Aboriginal and Maori men in the Perth suburb of Lockridge.

Mr Warena, who had been on a working holiday in Perth, was allegedly beaten while he was on the ground. He later died in hospital.

Bats, bars, rocks and garden gnomes were reportedly used as weapons during the brawl.

Today, the court was told that at least one of the charges would be upgraded. The accused were remanded in custody to appear again in court on August 5.

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