Feb 15, 2018

Billy Clay pleads guilty to ‘one punch’ assault of former pro surfer Jake Sylvester

Unfortunately, Newcastle still has a long way to go before it resolves its problem with alcohol.

We cannot let complacency and vested interests return blood soaked violence to the city’s streets.

“A MAYFIELD man has pleaded guilty to the ‘one punch’ assault of former professional surfer Jake Sylvester during a night out in Newcastle West during Surfest last year.

Billy Patrick Clay, 23, punched Mr Sylvester, the two-time Surfest Pro Junior champion, in the head outside The Family Hotel on February 24, “immediately” knocking him unconscious and forcing him to the ground where he struck the back of his head on the roadway, fracturing his skull. “

Read the full story in the Newcastle Herald here.