Police have slammed an increase in alcohol-fuelled violence.
Police have slammed an increase in alcohol-fuelled violence.

Police slam pub violence after ‘coward punch’ assault

Police in a town west of Toowoomba have taken aim at an escalation of alcohol-fuelled violence in local pubs in recent months, following a sickening coward punch incident that left its victim with a concussion.

A 23-year-old man will face court next month after he was charged with assault over a “coward punch” assault at a Dalby pub.

The incident, which occurred at the Criterion Hotel on the Warrego Highway on Friday night, occurred when a 34-year-old man was punched in the back of the head without warning.

He was left with a concussion from the assault and was treated by paramedics before making a formal complain the next day.

Police will allege the assault was unprovoked and that the victim was actually sober at the time.

Dalby Police Sergeant Sean Donaghy.
Dalby Police Sergeant Sean Donaghy.

The Dalby man charged with the assault will front the Dalby Magistrates Court on January 5, with police to make a formal application to ban him from all pubs in the town.

Dalby Police Sergeant Sean Donaghy said the incident was the worst example from a string a violent matters that had occurred at the town’s pubs and clubs since COVID-19 restrictions were loosened.

“We do get assaults every weekend in the pubs, but a lot don’t make a complaint,” he said.

“Especially now that COVID (restrictions) have been lowered, we are finding more (incidents).

“Police will not accept any violence at any licenced premises and offenders will be dealt with the full force of the law.

“Violence in pubs and clubs won’t be tolerated and all matters will be rigorously investigated.”

The assault wasn’t the only incident to occur that weekend, with another 23-year-old local man handed an $800 infringement notice for acting disorderly outside the Criterion on Saturday night.

Police said he was trying to fight the security guards outside the venue.

A 25-year-old Dalby man was charged with three offences, including using offensive language and obstructing police, after he allegedly refused to leave the Australian Hotel in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Originally published as Police slam pub violence after ‘coward punch’ assault


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