April 19th, 2016
The man charged with the murder of Melbourne teenager Patrick Cronin “declined to comment” in an interview to police after his arrest.
Diamond Creek man Andrew William Lee, 33, briefly faced an out-of-sessions court hearing at the West Melbourne Police Station on Tuesday night charged with the 19-year-old’s murder.
Detective Senior Constable John Midson told the hearing Mr Cronin was “acting as a mediator” but suffered fatal head injuries during the course of the brawl.
A 33-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Melbourne teenager Patrick Cronin, who was struck in the back of the head at a pub brawl on Saturday in the city’s northern suburbs.
Victoria Police said that a Diamond Creek man had been charged with one count of murder after the 19-year old Mr Cronin died in hospital on Monday due to a critical head injury suffered at the weekend.
The man is due to appear in an out of court’s session hearing tonight and is expected to be remanded.
The charge followed an earlier announcement by police that they had found and arrested the man they had been looking for in relation to the killing.
Police on Monday released CCTV images of a man it sought to identify after the 19-year-old Cronin died in hospital from a critical head injury.
Mr Cronin’s life support was switched off in the afternoon after a traumatic day for his family when the police released a statement at 8.30am wrongly saying he was dead.
The police retracted the statement 1½ hours later.
The man in custody is believed to have turned himself in.
Police released images of the man on Monday, saying he had a tattoo on his right bicep and upper arm.
Police said the man sought was caucasian, with a solid build, dark hair and wearing a light-coloured T-shirt with blue sleeves and a front pocket. He was wearing dark pants and dark shoes.
Mr Cronin had been on life support after being struck on the back of the head during a brawl involving about 30 people at the Windy Mile pub in Diamond Creek, in the city’s outer northeast.
The fight was between two rival football teams. Mr Cronin was drinking there after playing one of his first senior games for the Lower Plenty Football Club, alongside his brother.
Witnesses said he had bent down to help a fallen friend when he was bludgeoned.
An ambulance reportedly was called but then cancelled by police when Mr Cronin got up and started walking.
He was taken by friends to Royal Melbourne Hospital more than two hours later in a critical condition.
The victim’s devastated family paid tribute on Monday to an “absolute hero and star” and announced his organs had been donated to others in need.
“It is with the heaviest of heaviest of hearts that we have just said goodbye to our beautiful boy Patrick John Cronin,” said a statement signed by “Dad, Mum, Emma and Lucas”.
“We have been overwhelmed with the love our son, and brother, has been shown and it proves to us that he has touched so many people with his wonderful nature.
“As with his whole life he has put others ahead of himself and leaves us an absolute hero and star. We take some comfort in the knowledge that Pat was able to donate his organs and help others in need.
“Our hearts are broken but he will forever be in our hearts and he will be the one to get us through this.
“All our love forever Pat.”
– Greg Brown