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|Bouncer charged for assault on Hookes|
Tuesday, January 20 2004 15:43 Hrs (IST)
Hookes died on Monday after being allegedly punched by Zdravco Micevic during a brawl late on Sunday night outside a hotel in the Southern Australian city of Melbourne.
The 48-year-old Hookes was the coach of the Victorian State cricket side and a well-known television and radio sporting commentator.
Media reports on Tuesday say the assault followed a verbal confrontation between Hookes and crowd control staff at hotel where he and members of the Victorian cricket side were celebrating a recent interstate victory.
Hookes, known for his straight-shooting style, overheard a remark made towards the girlfriend of one of his players by a hotel crowd controller. Hookes is believed to have shared a few sharp words with a man before departing at closing with a group of about 10 friends, The Australian Associated Press reports.
The dispute spilled out on to the street, with three bouncers allegedly following Hookes and the group.
Neighbours say they were woken by shouting and screaming and reported seeing the two groups pushing and shoving on the road.
One resident said he heard someone say, "You want to play smart mouth, now face the music", before a punch sent Hookes to the ground. Hookes lay unconscious and motionless on the street as friends tried to wake him.
Hookes was revived by ambulance paramedics at the scene after his heart stopped beating but he never regained consciousness.
Condolences continue to pour for Hookes