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“He’s extremely remorseful”: Dylan Closter’s mate comes to his defence

A friend of one-punch killer Dylan Closter has come to the defence of the one-punch killer, saying the football program has had a positive impact on his life.

River Price told Tom Elliott his friend Closter is remorseful and deserves a second chance.

“For those who know him, he’s a genuine person, very protective and very caring,” he said.

“From day one, he’s extremely remorseful.

“It’s (playing football) a way of getting a bit of socialising back in their life, they’re going to re-join the real world one day.”

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River said Closter was just “a kid” at the time of David Cassai’s death and should be allowed a chance to redeem himself.

“He’s a grown man now and he knows what he’s done wrong, people make mistakes and sometimes there are horrible consequences, it doesn’t mean no one can have a second chance,” he said.

Matthew Guy, Leader of the Opposition told Tom if he wins the election the program will not operate “for violent offenders”.

“It’s just not good enough,” he said.

“If I’m Premier this program will not be in effect for violent offenders.”

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“After speaking to them both in the past 24 hours I have to say I side with with Caterina Politi,” Tom said.

“She has lost her son, she’ll never get him back and her life will never be the same.

“That frankly is more important than Dylan Closter being let out to play a few games of footy.”

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