Mike Knott

Teen charged with throwing 'coward punch' on Coast

A TEENAGER has been charged overnight for throwing a potentially deadly "coward punch" at a 33-year-old at the Horton Parade bus stop on Sunday morning.

The 33-year-old was knocked to the ground, hitting his head on the concrete footpath.

The man was left with bruising and cuts to his head that required stitches.

Police allege the 19-year-old man and two others argued with the 33-year-old about 1.30am on Sunday.

The altercation went from verbal to physical as the teen allegedly threw his punch.

The 19-year-old was arrested overnight, charged with assault causing bodily harm.

The young man also risks being banned from the Maroochydore nightclub precinct.

Officer in Charge of Sunshine Coast CIB, Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards said it was a timely reminder about the importance of the "one punch can kill" message.

"It is important for people to realise that one stupid decision can have very serious consequences both for the victim and the offender," Senior Sergeant Edwards said.

"One punch can lead to someone losing their life and someone else facing very serious charges. We all need to take responsibility for our actions and understand the serious consequences that may result when we take physical action."

The teen is to appear in court on January 19

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