Police charge seven men over Diamond Creek brawl in which Patrick Cronin was killed


December 23, 2019 18:28:26

Victoria Police have charged seven men with affray, for their involvement in a large pub fight in Melbourne’s north-east in which teenager Patrick Cronin was killed three years ago.

Key points:

  • Patrick Cronin died after being punched in the head, outside a Melbourne pub in 2016
  • He had been trying to pull a friend away from a fight
  • Victoria Police said up to 30 people were involved in the brawl

Mr Cronin, 19, was trying to pull a friend from the fight outside the Windy Mile Hotel in Diamond Creek in April 2016 when he was punched in the head.

He was taken to hospital but later died.

Andrew William Lee pleaded guilty to Mr Cronin’s manslaughter death in 2017 and was sentenced to eight years’ jail.

Today, police charged seven men over their involvement in the brawl.

Police said that they believe up to 30 people could have been involved.

The seven men charged today are all in their thirties and from the outer north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

Mr Cronin’s parents, Matt and Robyn Cronin, released a short statement to the media after the charges were laid in which they said they lived with the loss of their son “every day”.

“Christmas should be a time of celebration for the family and here we are more than three years later, and we still haven’t received closure,” the statement said.

“It’s something we live with every day, the loss of Pat.

“This is why we’ve set up the Pat Cronin Foundation — to educate and make people aware that these acts of cowardly violence should never be tolerated.

“We’re pleased to see charges being laid today. We know we need to wait for the right process to follow, but we look forward to an outcome.”

The charged men are due to appear in the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court on May 5, 2020.








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