Hugh Garth to face new one-punch law over Raynor Manalad's death

A man accused of throwing a fatal punch at a western Sydney party will be the first person to be dealt with under the NSW government's one-punch laws after his charges were upgraded on Wednesday, a Sydney court has heard.

Nursing graduate Raynor Manalad, 21, died after he was allegedly punched on the head outside a birthday party at Rooty Hill in the early hours of Saturday.

Hugh Garth, 21, appeared briefly before Blacktown Local Court, where police laid two extra charges including assault causing death while intoxicated.

Under new laws introduced in January, anyone who fatally punches someone while intoxicated will receive a minimum eight-year jail term.

Mr Garth's mother sat silently as her son was formally refused bail and told he would remain in custody until his next court appearance in July.

Hours before the alleged fatal punch was thrown, Mr Garth posted a picture of a Southern Comfort bottle on social media with the caption, "Get it started".

Mr Manalad's death comes after two Sydney teenagers, Daniel Christie and Thomas Kelly, were killed by single punches in Kings Cross.

A family friend of Mr Garth cried outside of court and said his family was shattered by the charges.

"He would never, ever do this. He would never hurt anyone on purpose. He's a beautiful person, he has a good soul," Jodie Webster said outside the court.

"Everyone's shattered," she said.

Police allege Mr Manalad was trying to intervene in a fight between Mr Garth and his girlfriend when he was punched outside a Rupertswood Road house about 12.30am.

He was knocked unconscious and died the next day.

One friend described the 21-year-old's final act as “heroic".

"May God reward you for all the good deeds that you have done especially for the last heroic act you did,” posted Mrv Brnrdo on Facebook.

Another friend, Amanda Jay, said her heart went out to Mr Manalad's family.

“Yesterday we lost a beautiful life, amazing nurse, friend and son. A truly genuine man who always had respect for everyone,” she posted on Facebook.

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