Descendants of Ned Kelly face court on murder charges
TWO of the three men accused of bashing a stranger to death outside a nightclub are descendants of bushranger Ned Kelly.
Blake Nathan Goldsworthy, 26, of North Arm, and his 27-year-old brother, Wade Leigh Goldsworthy, of Bli Bli, faced Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday charged with murdering Wayne Andrew Dover outside The Factory at Maroochydore about 3.10 Saturday morning.
Also facing a murder charge is Matthew John Hill, of Coolum Beach, who had his 28th birthday yesterday.
Ned Kelly was the Goldsworthy brothers' great, great grandmother's brother. In January this year they joined other family members at a memorial service to bury the bushranger's remains 132 years after he was hanged in Melbourne Jail.
Family and friends showed up in force to support the three accused as they faced court for the first time.
Handcuffed and dressed in brown prison garb, the brothers, one with a shaved head and the other with long dreadlocks, stood beside Mr Hill, with shoulder-length hair and tattoos on his forearms.
They were composed as Magistrate Barry Barrett remanded them in custody, with "no question of bail", until January 20 for a committal mention.
Blake Goldsworthy and Mr Hill will not be required to make a personal appear-ance, but Wade Goldsworthy may have to if he still has no legal representation.
The Goldsworthys' mother was anxious before the proceedings, rocking in her seat as she waited to see her sons.
As they stepped into the dock, she mouthed "I love you both".
When it became clear her boys would spend Christmas in jail, she thumped her clutched fist against her heart.
As the three men stood to go back to the cells, she yelled "I love you boys - stay strong".
Other words of encouragement - "stay strong", "hang in there", "head up" - echoed from their friends in the public gallery.
At least six police officers kept a close eye on proceedings and escorted some of the family and friends from the court, where a media scrum waited outside on the footpath.
Sunshine Coast District Criminal Investigation Branch officer-in-charge, Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards, said CCTV footage was being used by investigating police.
"We'll be alleging that the three males that appeared in court this morning have seriously assaulted the man who is deceased and that we believe the incident was unprovoked and that will form part of the allegation we'll present in court," he said.
He said the men were charged with murder and not manslaughter because of the nature of the attack.
Det Snr Sgt Edwards said Mr Dover was "in a lot of trouble" when emergency services arrived.
Police want to speak to a man who may have seen the incident, and who picked up a top hat one of the accused was wearing.
Det Snr Sgt Edwards said Mr Dover's wife was "holding up reasonably well under the circumstances".