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Man questioned following fatal assault at Caboolture hotel


Watching the State of Origin decider at a pub south of the Sunshine Coast has ended in tragedy with a man killed by a ‘coward punch’ and another facing serious charges.

Police say an argument broke out between two men in the outdoor area of the Sundown Hotel, in Caboolture, at around 10pm on Wednesday.

A 29-year-old man is accused of punching a 49-year-old man in the face, causing him to fall backwards and hit his head on the concrete. 

Paramedics did CPR while the man’s partner watched on.

Tragically, he couldn’t be saved. 

The accused was arrested a short time later and is due in court today, charged with unlawful striking causing death. 

The One Punch Can Kill law was introduced in Queensland, in 2014, under the Safe Night Out Legislation, following a string of deaths involving single punches, including Sunshine Coast waterpolo player Cole Miller. 

The offence carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. 


Earlier: A man has died following an alleged assault in Caboolture.

Police say preliminary information indicates two men were involved in a physical altercation at an Aerodrome Road hotel around 10pm.

During the scuffle, a 29-year-old man allegedly punched the 49-year-old man in the face, causing him to fall backwards and hit his head on the concreate.

Emergency services attended the scene and performed CPR, however the 49-year-old Murrumba Downs man was declared deceased at the scene at 11pm.

The 29-year-old Caboolture man involved in the alleged assault was located nearby at 11.40pm on Pasturage Road and was still assisting police with their enquires as of 5am on Thursday.

Investigations continue.