Two men have been charged over the death of a man who was found unconscious with severe head injuries on the main street of Ballina on the New South Wales north coast.
Aaron Marks, 38, died in hospital three days after he was discovered by a passer-by on Rover Street at about 2:00am on May 13.
Police alleged a 22-year-old man and a 25-year-old man had been drinking with Mr Marks at a local pub earlier on the night in question.
They seized a car for forensic testing and police alleged the vehicle may be linked to the incident.
Richmond Police District crime manager Cameron Lindsay said police alleged the men “contributed to the death” of Mr Marks.
The men were both charged with manslaughter.
“We will allege that Mr Marks died as a result of injuries caused in an incident on that night,” Inspector Lindsay said.
“As I’ve indicated, we believe — and the evidence that we will now place before the court — indicates that Mr Marks died as a result of an incident that occurred on the main street of Ballina that night.
“We believe that there was an interaction between these two men and Mr Marks earlier in that evening.”
Inspector Lindsay said detectives had received a lot of information from the public during the six-week investigation and had seized cars and other items.
He would not go into an alleged motive.
Police conducted two search warrants in the Ballina area on Thursday.
They arrested the two men and a 47-year-old woman who has since been charged with hindering a police investigation.