Prison term for king-hit punch in Airlie
A 21-YEAR-OLD man from Moranbah has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison and ordered to pay $23,560 in compensation costs for an alcohol-induced king-hit punch, which happened on the main street of Airlie Beach about 12 months ago.
Cody John McLean pleaded guilty to the offence in the Mackay District Court last Wednesday and cried as Crown prosecutor Brendan Manttan detailed the night he punched a man, causing grievous bodily harm.
Mr Manttan said that on March 10, 2013, McLean walked over to a 23-yearold man standing outside Airlie’s Evolution nightclub and started “provoking” him. He said McLean’s girlfriend tried to calm him down before he turned to the man’s friend and began arguing with him.
The court heard the victim pushed McLean away from his friend and turned to walk away when he was punched to the side of the head.
Mr Manttan said the 23-year-old victim, a pilot, was transferred to Townsville General Hospital where he under- went surgery to elevate a depressed skull fracture. “Death was probable,” he said. Judge Brian Harrison described the incident as “serious”.
“All the publicity about one punch just doesn’t seem to stop anyone,” he said.
“Young people like you have to understand it’s not macho, it’s not manly, it’s not tough, it’s downright stupid.”
McLean was sentenced to two-and-ahalf years in prison, suspended after serving five months and operational for three years.