Bouncer accused of manslaughter

Peter Carr (pictured) was yesterday charged with manslaughter following the death of Joel Namoa.
Peter Carr (pictured) was yesterday charged with manslaughter following the death of Joel Namoa. Daily Mercury

PETER John Carr was charged with manslaughter yesterday; almost a week after police received the autopsy results of Joel Namoa who died following an incident at the Andergrove Tavern.

Officers arrested Carr at 8.15am and held him in custody until he faced the manslaughter charge in the Mackay Magistrates Court late yesterday morning.

Police will allege Carr, 34, was working as a security guard at the Andergrove Tavern on the night of June 10 when he became involved in an incident which led to the death of Mr Namoa who had been ejected from the premises.

Mr Namoa, a former rugby league champion, 31, was unconscious when emergency services arrived in Andergrove Rd about 9pm and was rushed to Mackay Base Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police were awaiting autopsy results to help piece together the circumstances surrounding his death.

Detective Senior Constable Kerry Holl said officers received those results on Friday but couldn't go into much detail about them.

“I'm not prepared to release those findings at the moment but it has indicated there was sufficient evidence to proceed with the charge,” he said yesterday.

“(But) the findings indicated Mr Namoa did not die of natural causes and as a result this gentleman (Carr) has been charged.”

Carr, of North Mackay, was in bare feet when he stood in the Magistrates Court dock, charged with manslaughter. His shoes and the belt of his jeans had been removed as standard safety procedure by watch-house staff.

Prosecutor Sergeant Sabine Scott said police would not oppose bail.

“He's been at large for a long time. This is not something which happened overnight.”

Solicitor Antoinette Morton, of Morton Lawyers, said the terms of his bail had been agreed upon.

No plea was entered and Carr was granted bail on condition that: He is not to work as a security provider or crowd controller; he is not to attend the Andergrove Tavern; and he lives at an address at North Mackay that is known to police.

The case was adjourned to October 19. Carr signed his bail documents in the watch-house and was released about 11.30am. His wife and several friends were waiting for him and he was driven off.

The Namoa family declined to comment yesterday.

Topics:  andergrove tavern autopsy bouncer manslaughter

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