King hits common: inspector
INSPECTOR Darren Somerville, of Gladstone Patrol Group, said coward punches were prevalent in all communities and taken very seriously.
"There is a very fine line between someone getting serious injuries or dying. We don't want that," he said.
"These types of assaults we do see happening often."
Inspector Somerville said assailants who threw coward punches had no control over the outcome or whether the injuries would be serious or fatal.
He said he hoped the message was getting through to people about alcohol-fuelled violence and that Gladstone police were working with licensees about the issue.
"It can lead to ruined lives of the person assaulted and the person who commits the assault," Insp
"The offender may not have a criminal history and do something silly that changes the course of their lives and can end up in jail for a considerable time.
" It is sad to see it happening.
"Unfortunately it is a sign of the times."