Speak up and bring cow­ards to ac­count

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A $ 100,000 re­ward is a lot of money.

It’s a sign of how se­ri­ously po­lice take cow­ard- punch at­tacks.

It’s been a decade since now Se­nior Con­sta­ble Tenelle Lus­combe was at­tacked on Flin­ders St but po­lice are still search­ing for the per­son who did it.

Such crimes are a scourge on our com­mu­nity and their im­pact can re­ver­ber­ate for weeks, months or even years.

Such sick­en­ing, cow­ardly at­tacks on the men and women who com­mit their lives to pro­tect­ing us re­flect very poorly on the com­mu­nity and our night- time venues.

Those in­ci­dents are a large part of why our night­club strip is now one of the most heav­ily po­liced ar­eas of Queens­land – and thank­fully now one of the safest, with a dras­tic re­duc­tion in vi­o­lence in re­cent years.

As we can see from Sen- Con­sta­ble Lus­combe’s ex­pe­ri­ence, a sin­gle mo­ment can change a life for­ever.

It seems right to keep search­ing for in­for­ma­tion when it comes to at­tacks like this.

Why should the vic­tim’s life be for­ever im­pacted while the at­tacker gets to keep on walk­ing around the world un­en­cum­bered?

As a com­mu­nity, Townsville needs to be com­mit­ted to stamp­ing out this kind of al­co­hol- fu­elled be­hav­iour.

In­tox­i­ca­tion is no ex­cuse and the com­mu­nity would like to see jus­tice served.

Our po­lice do a fan­tas­tic job but they can only work with the in­for­ma­tion they have. Too of­ten things go un­re­ported. Some­one sees some­thing sus­pi­cious and they de­cide to mind their own busi­ness or, worse, they know that the in­for­ma­tion is im­por­tant and stay silent out of fear of the con­se­quences.

We need peo­ple to be vig­i­lant, to watch out for each other and to re­port in­for­ma­tion.

You never know if your tip is the miss­ing piece of the puzzle needed to solve a crime or the last piece of ev­i­dence needed to con­vict some­one.

There are too many un­solved crimes out there and it’s in­cred­i­bly hard on vic­tims and their loved ones.

With­out jus­tice, how can there be peace of mind? How can there be clo­sure? Quite sim­ply, there can’t. It’s time that we all think about what we can do to im­prove things in our own back­yard.

Some­one in our com­mu­nity knows who is re­spon­si­ble for Sen- Con­sta­ble Lus­combe’s hor­rific in­juries.

It is sad it has come to of­fer­ing a re­ward, but hope­fully it will lead to the cul­prit be­ing found.

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