Jack Hanley's mother breaks down after his killer Reece Watherston is found not ...

'568 days of hell without my boy': Devastated friends and family of a man killed in one-punch hit break down in tears outside court as accused is acquitted  Reece Watherston charged with manslaughter found not guilty  The verdict was announced on Monday after he was found to act in self defence  Friends and family of Mr Hanley broke down in tears outside of court

By Australian Associated Press and Eliza Mcphee For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 08:21 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 09:22 BST, 1 July 2019

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Friends and family of a man who died during a brawl have broken down in tears after a judge ruled his alleged killer could have been acting in self defence.

Reece Watherston, 21, had pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of Jack Hanley, 22, who died after being struck with a single punch to the head during a brawl in Hindley Street in 2017.

Justice Anne Bampton on Monday acquitted Mr Watherston of the charge in the South Australian Supreme Court.

Friends and family of a man who died during a brawl have broken down in tears after his alleged killer walked free after a judge ruled he could have been acting in self-defence

Friends and family of a man who died during a brawl have broken down in tears after his alleged killer walked free after a judge ruled he could have been acting in self-defence 

Reece Watherston, 21, had pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of Jack Hanley, 22, who died after being struck with a single punch to the head during a brawl in Hindley Street in 2017. Pictured: Mr Hanley's friends

Reece Watherston, 21, had pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of Jack Hanley, 22, who died after being struck with a single punch to the head during a brawl in Hindley Street in 2017. Pictured: Mr Hanley's friends

Reece Watherston, 21, had pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of Jack Hanley (pictured)

Reece Watherston, 21, had pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of Jack Hanley (pictured)

Mr Hanley's mother

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