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Lucio Rodrigues death: accused Nicholas Lambaditis decides not to front court

The family of a Brazilian man who died after being hit with a single punch in Sydney's CBD says it's "important he's not forgotten" and "desperately want justice to be done".

Lucio Stein Rodrigues died just over 48 hours after he was allegedly struck with a "closed fist" near a kebab shop at the intersection of George and Goulburn streets at 3am on November 3, 2013.

Mr Rodrigues allegedly tried to intervene in a fight between his friend and a man outside the shop in Haymarket.

He was taken to St Vincent's Hospital and underwent emergency surgery for head injuries, but could not be saved

Nicholas Lambaditis, 33, has been charged with Mr Rodrigues' murder.


Mr Lambaditis did not appear in Central Local Court on Tuesday. He will reappear on March 4.

Outside the court, lawyer Luana Torres read a statement on behalf of the Rodrigues family, who are in Brazil.

“I notice that Lucio hasn't been mentioned in the media much at all lately and it's very important that he is not forgotten.

“The family are extremely distraught over the death of their son and they desperately want justice to be done.

“We need to ensure that the community and the judiciary understand the family's outrage that his death will be in vain if the accused is treated as leniently as other one punch offenders in recent times.

“This young man was in the prime of his life. He was a beacon of his community. He came from a good family, he was well-educated, well respected and dearly loved by many.

"In death his organs have given life to six other gravely ill people.

“His passing was a tragedy of inexcusable proportions. And what we want to ensure is that this tragedy is not made that much worse by allowing the coward who took his life to walk away free any time soon."

Ms Torres said the Rodrigues family wanted offenders to be dealt with in line with community expectations.

"I think many things could be done but it’s just extremely important that all these things that are being talked about are put into place because … how many more people have to die?" she said.

‘‘Ninety-one deaths in Australia since 2000 if I’m not mistaken, 28 deaths in NSW alone for absolutely no reason at all. So certainly I’m hoping something is done very soon to curb this sort of behaviour.

‘‘Whether the victim is Australian or not is irrelevant. Everyone is entitled to have a safe Australia and go out wherever and whenever and have the expectation that they will be coming home alive.

‘‘There’s a huge outrage. There is a large international Brazilian contingency in Australia and some of his friends are here today, that lived with him.

‘‘As the matter progresses I’m sure you will see a lot more peaceful protesting of some sort given the outrage that it’s not the first time something serious has happened here to a Brazilian here unfortunately."

Priscila Prezzotto, Mr Rodrigues’ former flatmate, said he was "loved by everyone".

"He was such a nice person. He was smart. He had a lot of friends. Everybody always wanted to be around him and talk to him.

"He used to be the person who makes everybody laugh and always happy and just a really nice guy."

Ms Torres said the family has some concern the charge may be downgraded to manslaughter down the track.