Coward punch victim loses job as investigation drags on

CAMERON Kanofski has lost his job, endured expensive and painful surgery and suffered constant headaches and blurred vision after a coward's punch attack in Toowoomba.

The 22-year-old Highfields man was just a light tap away from death after an attacker king hit him across the road from the Portadown Hotel on January 31.

He received three cheekbone fractures and a fractured eye socket during the early-evening assault.

One of the fractures was splintered just millimetres from his temporal artery.

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If the attacker followed up with another light punch, or Mr Kanofski's head hit the ground, the impact could easily have ruptured the artery and killed him almost instantly.

Three weeks have passed since the bashing but police have yet to find the attacker, despite CCTV footage of the man's face captured by the Portadown Hotel's security cameras.

Cameron Kanofski lies in hospital after an assault outside the Portadown Hotel in Toowoomba left him with three cheekbone fractures and a fractured eye socket.
Cameron Kanofski lies in hospital after an assault outside the Portadown Hotel in Toowoomba left him with three cheekbone fractures and a fractured eye socket. Contributed

Mr Kanofski has criticised the police's handling of the case and has urged anyone with information to come forward.

"I heard about the Pittsworth lady who was king hit and passed away recently after having 18 months of seizures," he said.

"When I heard that I thought, this is not good enough.

"I haven't eaten or slept properly for three weeks unless it was medically induced.

"The police talk so much about how 'one punch can kill' but when someone survives, no one wants to do anything."

Friends who stayed at the hotel after the assault said the two attackers came back later in the night with more friends and a metal bar, which they left outside.

They were ordered by bar staff to remove their caps and hoodies and the main assailant looked directly into a security camera.

Assault victim Cameron Kanofski, 22, and girlfriend Bronwen Rennie stand at the site of the January 31 attack.
Assault victim Cameron Kanofski, 22, and girlfriend Bronwen Rennie stand at the site of the January 31 attack. Chris Calcino

Police issued a statement saying the assault was still under investigation.

"CCTV footage has been seized by police during the investigation but it is not appropriate to be released at this stage," it stated.

Mr Kanofski has pushed for the footage to be made public.

He now has two metal plates and eight screws permanently lodged in his head and has lost a new mining job due to his injury.

Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.


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