“ONE PUNCH LAW”
“One punch” assaults known as “The King Hit” have cost over 90 lives since the year 2000. New South Wales have had the largest number of one punch assaults which is 28, followed by Queensland and Victoria who have recorded 24 cases each. Picture this, imagine a teenage boy who is having fun with his mates, and he gets “King Hit” by a stranger in which had taken his life. You would think that the killer would receive a very harsh prison sentence right? Well that isn’t always the case. One person who was a victim in a situation very similar to this. Thomas Kelly. Thomas Kelly is an 18 year old boy who was “King Hit” in Kings Cross in New South Wales. All it took was one punch to end his life. The attacker received a 4 year…show more content…
Alcohol and drugs play a major role in these incidents as most of these “one punch” cases are caused by alcohol and drugs. In the courts when an offender is accused of “king hitting” someone that is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it is used as an excuse to potentially receive a lower punishment. There should be no compensation for assault just because the person wasn't thinking due to alcohol or drugs. The punch should not be thrown in the first place. 1 in 8 deaths of Australians who are aged under 25 have been influenced by alcohol. This statistic shows us that the impact alcohol has on this issue is very high and is a major cause for these incidents.
Although most people agree that offenders of the “king hit” should receive extreme punishments, there may also be other factors to take into account such as, offenders may not be aware of the consequences, prison sentencing is too harsh and alcohol and drugs that contribute for the offenders actions.
There are many people out there that are unaware of the possible consequences for their actions such as throwing a punch. People are unaware that you will be sent to jail for a “one punch” attack. Unfortunately most of the people that commit this crime are only aware of the consequences after they commit