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Kiwi charged over death of Aussie teen

Maxwell is from New Zealand but has been living in Tanah Merah, a suburb of Logan City in Queensland, the Courier Mail reported.

Hours after the appearance the charge was upgraded to unlawfully striking causing death.

‘I think it’s safe to say it’s a tragedy for all concerned, ‘ Mr Lawler added.

Maxwell allegedly challenged the pair to a fight and threw the first punches before it’s claimed Renata delivered a fatal blow from behind.

It is the second time Renata has faced court over the incident in two days.

“Rest easy mate, it was a pleasure knowing you” another friend posted on Facebook.

Paying tribute to fallen teenager Cole Miller were chaplains who had been by his side after the alleged attack, including Chris Owens. It is understood his parents still live in Auckland.

Both were charged with grievous bodily harm but charges were upgraded after Cole died at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital on Monday.

“It’s then alleged that this co-accused (Renata) has come in from behind or from the side and that’s the punch that has led to this person falling to the ground”, Clements said.

Detectives are still searching through CCTV footage in hopes of identifying up to four men they believed to be responsible for the attack.

Outside court Renata’s lawyer Mitch Cunningham described his client as being “very distressed”.

Cole Miller, a water polo player for the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS), has died at 18 years of age, according to a statement released by Curtis Pitt who is Treasurer and Minister for sport in Queensland.

“It is with deep sadness I announce our 18-year-old son Cole has today passed away as a result of massive brain trauma”, Mr Miller said.

The former Sunshine Coast teen’s father, Steve Miller, mourned a “beautiful, courageous young man with his whole life yet to be lived”.

Miller, who is from Highgate Hill, represented Queensland in below 20s water polo.

Mr Miller, the younger brother of Australian water polo player Billy Miller, was out with a friend during a break in training, before a national competition in Adelaide this week.

“This is a random act of violence – there is no indication that the victim knew who the offenders were”, he said but did not rule out that the two may have crossed paths in a nightclub earlier in the night”, said Detective Acting Inspector Tom Armitt.

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