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February 2, 2023

Three charged over Ballina death

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Updated: Friday, June 29: Strike force detectives have charged three people over the death of a man in Ballina last month.

Aaron Marks, aged 38, was found unconscious with serious head injuries on River Street at about 2am on Sunday May 13.

The Iluka man was airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital where he died three days later.

Strike Force Bulgundara was formed by detectives from Richmond Police District, assisted by the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, to investigate his death.

Following inquiries, detectives executed a search warrant at a home on Swift Street, Ballina, at about 7.30am yesterday (Thursday June 28).

Two men – aged 27 and 21 – and a 47-year-old woman, were arrested and taken to Ballina Police Station.

The 22-year-old man was charged with manslaughter, assault causing death and supply prohibited drug.

The 25-year-old man was charged with manslaughter.

The men were refused bail and will appear at Ballina Local Court today (Friday June 29).

The 47-year-old woman was charged with hinder investigation serious indictable offence.

She was granted conditional bail to appear at Ballina Local Court on Thursday July 19.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

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