UPDATE: FOLLOWING an article in the NewsMail regarding the assault of a Bundaberg security guard at McDonald's City on Sunday morning, a 21-year-old man has handed himself into police.
Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Sergeant Andrew Self said the 21-year-old presented himself to the Bundaberg Police Station on Wednesday and was charged with one count of assault occasioning bodily harm.
The man is due to appear in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court next month.
MONDAY: THE owner of a Bundaberg security firm whose employee was hit in a coward-punch assault says the person responsible should be punished to the full extent of the law.
The 30-year-old security guard was punched from behind after he tried to evict a man from the Bundaberg City McDonald's car park about 2.30am Sunday.
While the man was not seriously injured, the incident is exactly the behaviour police have been targeting in the Bundaberg Safe Night Precinct in an effort to stamp out late-night and alcohol-fuelled violence.
FNQ Security owner Lloyd Finnis said the person who hit his employee in the early hours of Sunday morning was nothing but a coward and no one should be subjected to that type of violence.
"I hope they get him and I hope when the judge sentences him he throws the book at him to set an example to others" he said.
"No employee, whether it be a guard, bar staff, emergency services or anyone working at night, should have to deal with that behaviour.
"These people are working when others are out having a good time and they have a job to do and they have families to go home to.
"There is no other word for someone that hits someone else from behind than a coward."
Bundaberg police confirmed detectives were investigating after a McDonald's security guard was coward punched.
Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch Sergeant Detective Andrew Self said the assault happened about 2.30am Sunday in the McDonald's City car park.
"The security guard at the time was attempting to evict a male person from the car park," he said.
"He's been hit with a coward's punch, knocking the security guard to the ground.
"The offender's then run off and investigations are continuing."
Police expect to review CCTV footage in an attempt to identify the man responsible.
The security guard is recovering from superficial injuries after being assessed at Bundaberg Hospital.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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