TRAGEDY: Kurtis West’s mother Roxanne West (left) is comforted by a friend at his funeral at the Holy Family Catholic Church on Friday.
TRAGEDY: Kurtis West’s mother Roxanne West (left) is comforted by a friend at his funeral at the Holy Family Catholic Church on Friday. Chris Ison Rokcfuneral

Two 'good blokes' didn't need to die

A DISTRAUGHT worker at the Jambin Hotel Motel broke down in tears yesterday as she described Paul Tappin as a "good bloke".

The 28-year-old man took his life one day after he was charged with dangerous driving causing the death or grievous bodily harm of Kurtis West, 18. He was also charged with leaving the scene of an incident without obtaining help.

Mr Tappin and the young Rockhampton man were drinking at the Jambin Hotel Motel on January 9.

Southern media reported that the pair, who barely knew each other, were chatting with mutual friends.

It is believed that later that night Mr Tappin offered Mr West a lift to Jambin on his motorbike. But at some point during the drive on Jambin-Dakenba Rd Mr West might have fallen off the bike.

"None of this needed to happen if someone had just made a different decision," the pub employee said.

While Mr West's devastated family laid the teenager to rest in Rockhampton on Friday, Mr Tappin's family reportedly travelled from their home near Biloela to the pub to speak with Mr Tappin's friends.



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