Clubber knocked out cold with punch to face
DESPITE wide spread publicity about "coward punches" and the "One Punch Can Kill" campaign, it was concerning young men were still becoming involved in street fights.
Magistrate Damian Carroll made the comments when sentencing a 22-year-old Toowoomba man who pleaded guilty to a charge of public nuisance that resulted in another young man being knocked unconscious in Margaret St in the CBD.
Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard Cameron John Sweedman had become involved in an altercation between a friend of his and another man inside The Cube Hotel about 1.55am, October 18, last year.
A little later, after all had been asked to leave the nightclub, Sweedman had become involved in a verbal altercation with the other man outside.
He had then punched the man in face and he had fallen down and was unconscious for a short while on the footpath, police prosecutor Senior Constable Julie Wheaton told the court.
CitySafe operators had directed police to the defendant who had walked away and was found on Ruthven St.
Snr Const. Wheaton said Sweedman had appeared remorseful when police later showed him CCTV footage of the incident, telling officers he had been supporting his friend who had been involved in the original altercation inside the nightclub.
Defence solicitor Brad Skuse told the court his client believed the other man had raised his hands and, thinking he was about to be struck, threw one punch.
His client had since apologised to the victim man, who had not made a complaint to police, and both men admitted their involvement.
Mr Carroll said the incident was "very concerning".
"This behaviour is very concerning in the current climate," he said.
However, Mr Carroll said "fortunately" it appeared the victim had not sustained serious injury.
Noting Sweedman had two other alcohol related matters in his history, Mr Carroll fined him $1750 and imposed a banning order barring the defendant from attending The Cube Hotel for the next 12 months.