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The law gets tough on the drunk cowards

The law gets tough on the drunk cowards

SEVEN people have been charged with fatal coward punches under the state’s tough new laws, with four of them facing a mandatory jail term of eight years if convicted, because they were allegedly drunk.

They include a son who police claim hit his father in the head after an afternoon’s drinking, and a man who allegedly knocked his partner unconscious in their bedroom.

Both victims died.

In another case, a male nurse died after he was allegedly struck once in the face outside a 21st birthday party as he tried to intervene in an argument between his alleged killer and the man’s girlfriend.

The controversial laws were introduced two years ago to curb alcohol-fuelled violence after the fatal one-punch attacks on teenagers Thomas Kelly and Daniel Christie in Kings Cross.

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Cole Miller: One-punch victim's father remembers 'beautiful' son.

On behalf of everyone at the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation, we’d like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Cole Miller, following his passing.

Thomas, like Cole, was 18 years old when his life was tragically cut short from a violent and unprovoked attack. Everyone has the right to enjoy our beautiful cities and their night out without fear or intimidation,

The father of a teenage water polo player killed in an allegedly unprovoked, one-punch attack in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley has remembered his son as a "brave young man".

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Punch-drunk city must sober up and tackle street violence

Watching weekend news bulletins in Sydney this month has been depressingly predictable. Sickening images of alcohol-related violence have featured with monotonous regularity.

It's been 18 months since the city was shocked by the drunken attack that killed 18-year-old Thomas Kelly. After Kelly's death, Fairfax Media launched the Safer Sydney campaign. We don't want a nanny state but we believe the people of Sydney deserve to live in an environment where they can enjoy a drink, listen to music, meet and engage with others in safety.

Published in the SMH.

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