Death of man involved in Hobart assault

Date:  5 March 2019 Contact:    Hobart CIB Phone: 61732603

 Hobart CIB is investigating an incident that occurred in the early hours of Sunday 24 February 2019 at Mobius Lounge Bar in Hobart.


Police allege the 54 year old male victim was involved in an argument with another patron. The argument escalated and culminated with the other patron striking the victim to the face once.


The victim suffered a facial injury and attended the Royal Hobart Hospital for medical care. His condition later deteriorated and he was subsequently transferred to the Intensive Care Unit.


An investigation was undertaken by the Victims Unit of Hobart CIB and this resulted in an 18 year old West Moonah man being arrested and charged.


Sadly, the victim subsequently passed away over the weekend. The matter is now under review and further investigations are being undertaken, including assessment of post mortem findings once they become available.


The current charge of assault will be reviewed and the evidence will be assessed by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.


Our sympathies go out to the family and loved ones of the victim.  Hobart CIB is liaising closely with senior next of kin as to the processes involved going forward.


Police would like to hear from any witnesses to the incident that have already not been spoken to.


Information can be provided to Hobart CIB on 61732603 or anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at