What a tough little weasel, a one punch macho man Hugh Garth is ! This is a massive case if we are to put a stop to the idiotic behaviour that results in young people dying in seconds for mostly nothing. Society has had enough of one punch fools who kill.
Hugh Garth refused bail after becoming first man charged under NSW one-punch laws
A man accused of fatally punching another man at a birthday party in Sydney has been deemed a threat to the community and refused bail.
Mr Manalad, who was also 21, suffered extensive bleeding on the brain and died in Westmead Hospital the next day.
Garth, who was charged with assault causing death while intoxicated, applied for bail under the state’s controversial new Bail Act in the Penrith Local Court, where he appeared via videolink.
His mother prayed over a string of rosary beads as she watched the proceedings from the public gallery, along with Garth’s girlfriend.
Garth’s lawyer, Riyad El-Choufani, told the court Garth should be granted bail because he needed full access to his legal team to build a defence to the charges, which are new and have no legal precedent.
The one-punch mandatory sentencing laws, introduced in January, mandate an eight-year minimum sentence for fatally striking a person with a single punch while drunk or on drugs.
Garth was also charged with grievous bodily harm for a separate alleged assault at the party.
Garth ‘an unacceptable risk’
Mr El-Choufani said the charges were serious but “not so grave as to warrant the refusal of bail”.
“There is no suggestion [the alleged offence] was premeditated; there is no suggestion it was planned,” he said.
Mr El-Choufani said the case would rely on a witness who said he saw Mr Manalad grab Garth by the shirt during an argument and Garth had acted in self-defence.
I am of the view the risk to the community is just too great.Magistrate Roger Clisdell
The court also heard Garth was seeking bail because his girlfriend, Christine Galvin, is 19 weeks pregnant with their first child.
But prosecutor John Walford opposed bail, saying Garth’s significant criminal history meant he posed an unacceptable risk to the community.
“His violence has escalated to this catastrophic alleged hit,” Mr Walford said.
“Your Honour would find that it’s an unacceptable risk and the bail conditions would not mitigate it.”
Magistrate Roger Clisdell agreed.
“This is a very serious offence,” he said.
“I am of the view the risk to the community is just too great.”
Garth will remain in Lithgow Correctional Centre on remand.
The matter is due before court again in August.
Charges upgraded in fatal punch case
May 7, 2014
The mother of man killed by a fatal punch said she does not care whether her son’s alleged attacker was the first to be charged under tough new laws because nothing will bring her child back.
Hugh Garth, 21, is the first person to be charged under the NSW government’s ”one punch” legislation after he allegedly punched and killed a nurse at a western Sydney party on Saturday.
Raynor Manalad, 21, was knocked unconscious outside a Rooty Hill house and died the next day in hospital.
Mr Garth is the first person to face the new charge of assault causing death, which carries a maximum jail sentence of 25 years.
Under new laws introduced in January, anyone who fatally punches someone while intoxicated will receive a minimum eight-year jail term.
Mr Manalad’s mother was trying to organise her son’s funeral when she learned police had laid extra charges against Mr Garth on Wednesday.
”I’m not interested in what happens, nothing can bring back my son,” she said outside her Belmore unit block.
Mr Garth, 21, appeared briefly before Blacktown Local Court, where police laid two extra charges including assault causing death while intoxicated.
”Hugh Bacalla Garth did when intoxicated unlawfully assault Ray Manalad by intentionally hitting [him] with a clenched fist … thereby causing the death of Ray Manalad,” a police charge sheet read.
The court heard he also faced a fresh charge of grievous bodily harm after he allegedly assaulted Myrik Ong, who was hosting the house party on Saturday.
Magistrate Timothy Keady outlined a total of five charges in court.
Mr Garth’s mother sat silently as her son was formally refused bail and told he would remain in custody until his next court appearance in July.
Hours before the alleged fatal punch was thrown, Mr Garth posted a picture of a Southern Comfort bottle on social media with the caption ”get it started”.
A family friend of Mr Garth cried outside of court and said his family was shattered by the charges.
”He would never, ever do this. He would never hurt anyone on purpose. He’s a beautiful person, he has a good soul,” Jodie Webster said outside the court. ”Everyone’s shattered.”
Mr Manalad’s death comes after two Sydney teenagers, Daniel Christie and Thomas Kelly, were killed by single punches in Kings Cross.
Police allege Mr Manalad was trying to intervene in a fight between Mr Garth and his girlfriend when he was punched outside a Rupertswood Road house at about 12.30am.
One friend described the Mr Manalad’s final act as ”heroic”.
”May God reward you for all the good deeds that you have done especially for the last heroic act you did,” Mrv Brnrdo posted on Facebook.
Another friend, Amanda Jay, said her heart went out to Mr Manalad’s family. ”Yesterday we lost a beautiful life, amazing nurse, friend and son. A truly genuine man who always had respect for everyone,” she posted on Facebook.
Raynor Manalad dies after alleged one-punch assault at Rooty Hill party
Raynor Manalad was a nurse, a brother, a son and a friend. He was a man whose life was ended by a single punch.
Police will allege the recent university graduate was struck once in the face outside a 21st birthday party at Rooty Hill in Sydney’s west on Saturday.
He was knocked unconscious and died the next day.
The alleged attack comes after two Sydney teenagers Daniel Christie and Thomas Kelly were killed by single punches in Kings Cross.
Hugh Bacalla Garth, 21, of Blacktown, was charged with the assault that led to Mr Manalad’s death and will remain in custody until he appears in court on Wednesday.
It is alleged Mr Manalad was trying to intervene in a fight between Mr Garth and his girlfriend when he was struck outside a Rupertswood Road house about 12.30am.
On Monday friends and family paid tribute to Raynor Tristan Castillo Manalad, who recently graduated from nursing at the Australian Catholic Univversity.
One friend described the 21-year-old’s final act as “heroic“.
“May God reward you for all the good deeds that you have done especially for the last heroic act you did,” posted Mrv Brnrdo on Facebook.
Another friend, Amanda Jay, said her heart went out to Mr Manalad’s family.
“Yesterday we lost a beautiful life, amazing nurse, friend and son. A truly genuine man who always had respect for everyone,” she posted on Facebook.
Close friend Alyssa described Mr Manalad as a “beautiful sunset”.
“Hearing about your passing hits me like a ton of bricks. I cannot believe that you are gone,” Alyssa wrote online.
“It hurts that you are no longer alive because you were the person who would always keep the peace in the group,” she said.
Police have said charges against Mr Garth were likely to be upgraded at his next court appearance.
“The accused had been at a party with his girlfriend … there was a dispute between them,” police said.
In January this year the NSW government passed controversial new laws which introduced mandatory sentences for deadly one-punch assaults.
Under the new law, anyone who fatally punches someone while intoxicated will receive an eight-year jail term.
Hours before the alleged attack, the accused posted a picture of a Southern Comfort bottle on social media with the caption, “Get it started”.
The mother of the accused said she did not even know her son had been arrested when she was approached by a Channel Nine journalist on Monday morning.
“My son? Oh my God,” she cried.
Mr Garth appeared briefly before Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent, common assault and affray.
He was refused bail and will now spend his 22nd birthday behind bars on Friday.
with Megan Levy