Man fined for ‘king-hit’ on former friend
AN APPLE Tree Creek man who punched a former friend at the Federal Hotel has faced court.
Gary James Schofield, 40, pleaded guilty in the Childers Magistrates Court to one charge of drunk and disorderly conduct.
Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Hayley Glover said police arrested the man on June 7 after he “king-hit” a victim with such force he was knocked unconscious mid-air, lost control of his body and fell onto the ground, where he remained unconscious for about two minutes.
Schofield’s lawyer said his client strongly rejected claims he king-hit the man, as the term implied the victim was not aware the punch was coming.
He argued his client believed the punch “wasn’t that hard”, but he accepted that he should have just walked away.
The man’s lawyer alleged the complainant was extremely intoxicated and pushed Schofield first.
But Magistrate Gary Finger wouldn’t stand for excuses and warned Schofield to “wake up to yourself”. Magistrate Finger reminded Schofield that “one punch can kill”.
Schofield was fined $800 and banned from the hotel for three months.