Police - One Punch.
Police - One Punch. Alistair Brightman

CLOSE CALL: Remember, one punch can kill

SOUTHERN Downs police have made the plea for Christmas party-goers to remember; one punch can kill.

The plea coincides with the summer campaign launch from widely-ciruclated Facebook page Stop: One Punch Can Kill.

Last week in Stanthorpe a man was knocked unconcious after being punched outside the Central Hotel in Stanthorpe and Stanthorpe police officer-in-charge Gerard Brady said he implored people to take a second to think about the consequences of their actions.

"We initially had grave concerns for the victim in the case,” he said.

"It just shows how a seemingly innocuous fight could have terrible consequences, not only for the victim, but also the offender and the families of both parties.

"As of today, a 23-year-old Stanthorpe man has been charged with assault occasioning grevious bodily harm.

"It's only a matter of millimetres and he might having been facing a much worse charge.”

The victim has been released from hospital but Snr Sgt Brady said he wasn't out of the woods yet.

"Thankfully he recovered, but he may still suffer some problems from this incident,” he said.

"Think before you act, one poor decision could easily mean facing a very long jail term.

"Most people think it's just a fight, but how easily it can turn to tragedy.”

Warwick police acting officer-in-charge Lisa Self echoed the sentiments of her colleague.

"It's the one message we're trying to get through,” she said,

"To stop all the violence, it could have devastating consequencesall round.

"These brain snaps could easily cause death or grevious bodily harm.

"Just stop walk away and cool down, it's not worth it.

Acting Snr Sgt Self said blaming drugs or alcohol wasn't an option.

"Everyone has self control,” she said.

"Your thinking might be impaired, but that doesn't mean you can't think at all.

"It's not an excuse - everyone is responsible for their own actions.”

Last week the first person charged under NSW's one-punch law was jailed for at least eight years for killing Hugh Bacalla Garth while intoxicated.

76,000 peoople follow the STOP, One Punch Can Kill Facebook page.



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