‘Coward-puncher’ has charges upgraded after former Gold Coast man dies in hospital

A 20-YEAR-OLD man will appear in court today, charged with killing a much-loved former Gold Coast man in a brutal one-punch attack outside a nightclub in Cairns.

Brett Thomson, 34, sustained life-threatening head injuries after he was felled by a coward’s punch outside Cairns Bar on Pier Road last Friday night.

Sadly, police confirmed the man passed away in hospital after his life-support was switched off on Tuesday morning.


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Cowards-punch victim Brett Thomson died in hospital on Tuesday | Source: GoFundMe

Timothy John England, 20, was initially charged with grievous bodily harm over the attack.

He’s due to reappear in court today, where his charges are expected to be upgraded to unlawful striking causing death.

The 20-year-old has spent the last week on strict conditional bail.

Police said Mr Thomson never knew his attacker.

The surf-loving tradie had only moved to Cairns from the Gold Coast earlier this year.

Cowards-punch victim Brett Thomson died in hospital on Tuesday | Source: GoFundMe

A GoFundMe post setup by good friend Damon Goodwin to raise money for the family and funeral costs has raised almost $15,000 in three days.

In a heartbreaking post on the campaign page, Mr Goodwin said his mate had a “large than life, live for the moment” personality.

“Brett – a young man who finds beautiful beaches, the ocean, skateparks, close friends and family as his safe haven – was sadly a victim of a violent careless cowards punch,” he said.

“(He) has suffered extreme brain damage, brain swelling, bleeding and has no neurological control of his body and never will. His life support is only a short term system. A life soon to be passed on, but never forgotten.”

To donate, click here.

Cowards-punch victim Brett Thomson died in hospital on Tuesday | Source: GoFundMe

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