Bailey Merz attacker denied bail after cowardly attack

LESS than 24 hours after the funeral for 18-year-old Sunshine Coast water polo player Cole Miller -- a victim of a fatal punch in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley another teenager, Bailey Merz, has been left in hospital after another early morning attack.

The 19-year-old man is thought to have suffered injuries to his head, according to police.

A 21-year-old man, Corey Alan Schumann, has now been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm and is currently in custody, according to the Brisbane Times.

Police believe that the younger teen was struck during a flare-up between two separate groups at a taxi rank on Brisbane's Ann St.

He was allegedly put in a headlock and punched repeatedly after attempting to separate the two warring parties.

The 19-year-old was then punched in the head by a second man, police say, and he fell unconscious.

The victim was taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital with "non-life threatening head and facial injuries".

A week before that, thousands attended an anti-violence rally led by the Miller family at Brisbane's King George Square.

Mr Miller's brother Billy told the crowd:

"Whether Cole knew it or not, he has made a special impact on all our lives," he said.

"Sadly our family is not alone in losing our loved one in tragic circumstances - just last week we saw other loved ones taken too soon.

"So this message is expressed on behalf of every mother, every father, every brother, every sister, and everyone one of you: we should not and never have to worry about a loved one going out and having a good time with friends."

Two men have since been charged with unlawful striking causing death -- a charge specifically designed to target those whose so-called "coward punches" cause a fatality.

A 21-year-old New Farm man was arrested by police and is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrate's Court on Thursday morning.

Police are investigating.

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