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Fatal punch over smoke warning, court told

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February 12, 2018

Melbourne surgeon Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann died after allegedly being punched outside a hospital.

A Melbourne surgeon was punched unconscious on the ground, cracking his head on the tiled hospital floor, after telling a man he should not be smoking outside the building, a court has been told.

Joseph Esmaili, 22, is facing the first day of his committal hearing, charged with the manslaughter of Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann near the entrance of Box Hill Hospital on May 30.

Prosecutor Mark Gibson SC said Esmaili became angry and punched the surgeon in the face, causing him to fall backwards and hit his head on the tiled floor after Dr Pritzwald-Stegmann told him the area where he was smoking outside the hospital was a non-smoking area.

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