Widow slams magistrate over one punch kill jibe
A MAGISTRATE'S suggestion the One Punch Can Kill campaign is media-driven has come under fire from victims of crime.
Widow Michelle Dover and Homicide Victims Support Group general manager Ross Thompson said the comments were "naive" and "bulldust".
While sentencing a Noosa man to 240 hours community service for an assault that left another man with more than $20,000 of medical and dental bills, Magistrate Bernadette Callaghan said the One Punch Can Kill campaign was driven by "editors of newspapers".
Michelle Dover, whose husband, Wayne, 45, died last year after allegedly being king-hit outside a Maroochydore nightclub, said the One Punch Can Kill message deserved to be treated with far more respect than it had been given by the magistrate.
"If she's saying that it's just a bit of a media beat-up, that's a pretty naive thing for a lady in her position to say. I'm not sure why she made those comments," Mrs Dover said.
"I am living proof that this is so much more than a media stunt.
My husband is not coming home and I now have him sitting in my home in a box. That is my reality.
I've just turned 40. It's a big milestone in my life. I've had to celebrate it on my own, without my man by my side.
It should have been a happy day but it wasn't. I get no more birthdays, no more Christmases, no more special occasions, no more sleepy Sunday mornings, no more sitting in front of the TV holding hands. He's gone.
I do not want that to be anyone else's reality.
No one else has to have their loved one, their ashes, in a box. it's completely avoidable.
If you're an adult, you're old enough to out drinking, be responsible. Have a laugh, enjoy the company of your the people around you.
If someone is being a bit of a goose, just walk away. Don't let them ruin your night.
If you hit someone, that split second decision can change your life, change someone else's life, change their family's life forever.
Magistrate 'out of step' with society, says victims group
Mr Thompson described the magistrate's comments about One Punch Can Kill and the sentence she handed down to Virgil Power, 29, of Noosaville, for his assault on Michael Halbauer as "out of step" with society.
"We've been working on the campaign since 2007. We've trademarked it, we own it, we go out and promote it, and for her to say it was just a media beat-up is a slap in the face. I do not like it at all," he said.
"She's got to go out into the community, take her glasses off and look out the window, and have a look at what's happening out there.
"Just in her region alone, in the last five months, there's been two deaths."
Brothers Blake Nathan Goldsworthy, 26, of North Arm, and Wade Leigh Goldsworthy, 27, of Bli Bli, as well as Matthew John Hill, 28, of Coolum Beach, have been charged with murder over Mr Dover's death on November 30.
Bruce Steensen, 53, died on February 22 after an altercation on The Esplanade, Mooloolaba, the night before. Jesse James Patrick, 21, of Caloundra, has been charged with his murder.