Attacker flees after bashing man and woman in city centre

A SICKENING king-hit attack in the centre of Toowoomba has shown that the government's "one punch can kill" message is not getting through.

Police are searching for a man who bashed a 25-year-old Jandowae man and a 21-year-old woman from Harlaxton on Margaret St just before 3am yesterday.

The assault came just days after Aussie Rules coach Wayne Dover, 45, was killed in a king-hit assault outside a nightclub in Maroochydore.

Three men have been charged with his murder.

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The similarities between the Sunshine Coast murder and yesterday morning's violence in the CBD were separated only by chance - neither of the Toowoomba victims died.

But, as the Queensland Government's "one punch can kill" campaign has been at pains to emphasise, it could have been much worse.

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The two victims were standing beside the road on Margaret St when they were approached by the assailant in the early hours.

The male offender struck the 21-year-old woman on the jaw and then punched the 25-year-old man in the back of the head.

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When the male victim fell to the ground, the attacker continued to punch and kick him in the body and the head.

He then punched the woman in the neck before fleeing the scene on foot.

Both victims were lucky to escape with major injuries.

"There is no CCTV footage for release at his time," a police spokesman said.

"Investigating officers are attempting to obtain footage and will need to time to review it and determine whether it is operationally necessary to release it."

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

King hit statistics

  • Monash University study found that 90 Australians were killed by single-punch assaults between 2000 and the end of last year
  • Found 73% of victims had blood-alcohol level more than four-times the legal driving limit
  • Victims did not know the attacker in more than one-third of the killings
  • Four victims were women

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