A MAN in his 50s has been taken to hospital with head injuries after being punched to the ground in a shocking one-punch attack in Surfers Paradise.
The brutal assault was captured on camera. The vision, obtained by myGC.com.au, shows the victim collapsing and hitting his head on the tramway after being punched in the side of the head.
His attacker, a 44-year-old man, can be seen in the video casually walking away from the scene after striking his victim.
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It happened at the intersection of Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Beach Street at about 11.30pm on Saturday.
The victim, a man aged in his 50s, was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital.
A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson said the man was transported in a stable condition.
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Speaking to myGC, a Queensland Police spokesman said the victim initially refused to make a complaint to police but later changed his mind.
“The offender was initially issued a Notice to Appear for the offence of Public Nuisance – Violent Behaviour,” the spokesman said.
“But that charge has since been upgraded to assault occasioning bodily harm after the victim made a formal complaint.”
The 44-year-old man has also been banned from the Safe Night Precinct and will appear in Southport Magistrates Court on February 19.
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