It is reported that a 28-year-old man has died after being involved in an altercation at a taxi rank in north Queensland with a 30-year-old man on Saturday morning.
Police report that the 30-year-old man had spotted the now deceased man at a taxi rank at about 2am on Saturday morning, when he allegedly appeared “intent” on assaulting the deceased man.
Following police investigations, the two had allegedly interacted to some extent earlier in the night at the Crown Hotel in north Queensland.
The police, so far, have said that the alleged attack was not a one-punch attack. The now deceased had received multiple hits with putting up limited resistance or defence to himself at the time.
Detective Inspector Kevin Goan, has said, “it’s certainly different to a one punch attack.”
“Our investigations show the offender appeared intent on having some sort of altercation with the victim and has made an approach to the deceased who has done very little to either defend himself or retaliate.”
“There was an exchange of some sort between the two gentlemen, verbally, and then the altercation occurred, where a volley of punched were thrown.”
“The deceased has sort of stood up from that first onset, and then succumbed to further blows from the person who has now been charged with his murder.”
The 28-year-old man passed away at the scene.
Alleged perpetrator has been arrested and charged with murder before being remanded into custody. He is required to appear next in court on 11 January 2021.
Murder in NSW carries a maximum penalty of a life sentence, with a 20-years standard non-parole period in the event that the Supreme Court does not impose a life imprisonment sentence.
The Supreme Court may impose a life sentence upon a convicted murderer in NSW pursuant to section 61 of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW) if convinced by the prosecution (beyond reasonable doubt) that the extent of criminality was so extreme that only life in jail would be appropriate in light of the purposes of punishment.