Innocent bystander knocked out in coward punch attack

AN INNOCENT bystander suffered head injuries after he was knocked out trying to stop an attack on a publican when four men were kicked out of a pub last night.

Dalby police will allege a 44-year-old man was knocked unconscious in a coward punch attack as he tried to defend the Criterion Hotel publican about 10.20pm.

The alleged incident began inside the Drayton St hotel when an 18-year-old man was seen urinating under a table inside the venue.

The publican told the man, who was with three others, to leave the venue but they refused and was allegedly grabbed around the neck in a headlock.

After a brief scuffle between the four men and the publican, the group moved outside where the incident - recorded on CCTV - escalated.

Police will allege the 44-year-old good Samaritan had intervened when a 25-year-old male member of the group confronted the publican on the footpath.

The 25-year-old allegedly struck the man from behind in a coward punch attack, striking him twice and causing him to fall to the footpath.

One punch can kill: A video promoting safe drinking.
One punch can kill: A video promoting safe drinking.

The alleged victim was knocked unconscious and suffered a laceration to the left side of his forehead, bruising and swelling to the right side of his face, and injuries to the rear of his head from the ground strike.

He was taken to Dalby Hospital and was expected to be released today.

Three men were arrested at the scene and spent the night in police custody in the watch house.

The 25-year-old man was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and drunk and disorderly in a licensed venue.

He was given watch house bail and is due to appear in the Dalby Magistrates Court on July 23.

The 18-year-old was charged with failing to leave a licensed premises, drunk and disorderly on a licensed premises, and urinating in public.

Another man, 30, was also charged with failing to leave a licensed premises.

Dalby police were this morning searching for a fourth man allegedly involved in the incident who fled the scene before officers arrived at the pub.

Sergeant Sean Donaghy said the men had been issued a 10-day banning notice from all licensed venues in town.

He said violence at licensed premises would not be tolerated, and warned of the deadly consequences of one-punch attacks.

"Alcohol-fuelled violence will not be tolerated by the police, publicans or the courts," he said.

"One punch can kill.

"Publicans and police will not tolerate violence or disorderly behaviour in any licensed premises.

"Behave in pubs, or be banned."