A mother whose son was killed in a restaurant fight cried as two of the men involved were released from jail.
Deni Dimovski, 31, was stabbed in the chest at Korzo Grill House in Caroline Springs, Melbourne, in September 2017.
Sasa Jovic, 30, and Milan Jovic, 23, were part of the brawl but were not the ones who stabbed him.
They were cleared of murder and instead convicted of affray and aggravated burglary.
On Tuesday, after almost two years behind bars, they were released from jail.
Mr Dimovski’s mother Snezana Dimovska, who flew from Macedonia to hear the case, broke down in tears outside court.
‘When’s my son going to see the sun?’ she said.
‘When’s my house going to be happy? I just have one son.’
Relative Mary Dimcevska said the family had been denied justice.
‘They go home to bed and our boy will never come out of the hole again,’ she said.
On the night he was stabbed, Mr Dimovski was organising a singing performance at the restaurant.
Some men poured beer over the tables and one smashed a glass into a wall.
Mr Dimovski asked them not the break things before the conversation became heated and a scuffle between the group and his friends broke out.
Mr Dimovski was stabbed twice in the restaurant kitchen and died.
Supreme Court Justice Michael Croucher said the brawl was ‘ferocious’ but the cause was simple.
‘Something like a spilled drink, bad manners and too much testosterone,’ he said.
Mrs Dimcevska said her son was innocent.
‘Deni was a very lovely boy. He never got into any trouble. All he said was “can you please stop pushing the tables in the restaurant”. From that, it all happened.’
Milan Jovic was jailed for 18 months, with a minimum of nine months, while Sasa Jovic was jailed for 16 months with a minimum eight months.
The pair were released after serving almost two years in custody awaiting sentence.
Justice Michael Croucher said on Tuesday both accused were of otherwise good character and had a strong chance of rehabilitation.
The men’s lawyers had argued the brothers had served enough jail time and should not be punished further.
Another man, Milos Novakovic, has been convicted of Mr Dimovski’s murder.
Last year, brothers Stefan Obradovic and Daniel Obradovic, both in their 20s, and friend Stephen Motta, escaped conviction and were ordered to do unpaid community work over the affray.