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Wife pulls out husband's ashes to target 'coward punch'

Wayne Dover, Maroochydore Photo Richard Bruinsma / Sunshine Coast Daily
Wayne Dover, Maroochydore Photo Richard Bruinsma / Sunshine Coast Daily Richard Bruinsma

MICHELLE Dover pulled out her husband's ashes in a radio interview to highlight the "eternal impact" on her life from street violence.

"I'm trying to make an impact statement," a tearful Michelle said as the thud of the urn was heard on air on 92.7 Mix FM this morning.

"I have my husband's ashes in a box, the size of a tissue box. This is my husband, this is all I've got left, his ashes in a box.

"For goodness sake, just stop the violence, just stop it.

"This is my man, this is him. It's all I've got."

Wayne Dover, 45, of Kuluin, was allegedly killed by three men in their 20s at Sunshine Plaza in Maroochydore in the early hours of Saturday November 30, 2013.

Police said he was knocked to the ground, then kicked and punched in an attack that lasted less than 20 seconds and captured on CCTV cameras.

He died later that day in Nambour General Hospital.

REMEMBERING WAYNE DOVER

During the tearful 10 minute interview played this morning, Mrs Dover spoke at length on their final moments together, being told of her husband's passing and her life since.

She said she decided to speak out following the death of Bruce 'Wolfy' Steensen in Mooloolaba last week.

"I really want to be a public face for this. I feel I'm strong enough to get out there and talk to these people. I don't know if it will work but try and get people to understand the severity of their actions," she said.

"We live in a reactive world. People don't think before they do things and when they make that split section decision it's too late.

"What an outcome, for goodness sake. We all have choices in life. These people are adults, they're able to vote, they're out there drinking. Just grow up, the time has come, enough is enough. This is the Sunshine Coast."

"I've had friends call it the 'Coward Punch Coast'. I have friends who don't want to come here, who don't feel safe here any more. I'm a Coast girl born and bred and I love my town. I'm devastated and frightened."

Michelle Dover decided to speak out following the death of Bruce
Michelle Dover decided to speak out following the death of Bruce "Wolfy" Steensen in Mooloolaba.

"I don't want to go out either because you just don't know any more, people are too reactive and too angry. Going out when you were younger was about fun. You'd laugh, have a few drinks... now it's just about waking up the next morning and going over who got in a fight. It's not the same."

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