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Man accused of manslaughter gets home detention Christmas

  • A mother is left planning son’s funeral instead of planning Christmas celebration
  • Reece Watherston, 20, was charged with Jack Hanley’s, 22, manslaughter 
  • Watherston was granted bail and given home detention on Wednesday  

An Adelaide mother is planning her son’s funeral instead of planning Christmas celebrations.

And the man accused of her son’s death was handed home detention so he could spend Christmas with his own family.

Jack Hanley, 22, was killed after a fatal blow to the head following an incident between two groups of people on December 10, according to Ten Eyewitness News. 

An Adelaide mother (pictured)  is planning her son’s funeral instead of planning Christmas

Reece Andrew Watherston, 20, (pictured left) was charged with Jack Hanley's manslaughter 

Reece Andrew Watherston, 20, (pictured left) was charged with Jack Hanley’s manslaughter 

Mr Hanley, 22, (pictured) was killed after a fatal blow to the head following an incident between two groups of people on December 10

Mr Hanley, 22, (pictured) was killed after a fatal blow to the head following an incident between two groups of people on December 10

Reece Andrew Watherston, 20, was charged with Mr Hanley’s manslaughter and was granted bail given he is under strict electronic monitoring and does not leave the house. 

‘The accused is going home. Jack is never going home. We have to bury Jack now,’ Mr Hanley’s sister Moana Ward told reporters outside court Wednesday. 

‘Jack is the only victim here. He paid the ultimate price with his life. There is no reward for him or us.

‘My family was destroyed the morning Jack was killed.’

Watherston’s lawyer told court the incident was between 15 people and was not a one-punch attack, according to Seven News.

Watherston is expected to face Adelaide Magistrates Court in the new year.  

'The accused is going home. Jack is never going home. We have to bury Jack now,' Mr Hanley's sister Moana Ward told reporters outside court Wednesday (Mr Hanley's mother pictured)

‘The accused is going home. Jack is never going home. We have to bury Jack now,’ Mr Hanley’s sister Moana Ward told reporters outside court Wednesday (Mr Hanley’s mother pictured)

'Jack is the only victim here. He paid the ultimate price with his life. There is no reward for him or us,' Ms Ward said (Mr Hanley's mother pictured centre)

‘Jack is the only victim here. He paid the ultimate price with his life. There is no reward for him or us,’ Ms Ward said (Mr Hanley’s mother pictured centre)

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