FIRST ON MYGC: A Canadian university student studying on the Gold Coast has been left with “horrific injuries” after allegedly being coward-punched while enjoying a night out with mates in Surfers Paradise.
The young man, believed to be aged in his late teens or early 20s, was reportedly punched from behind while standing outside the Surfers Paradise Beer Garden in Cavill Avenue on Friday night.
He was rushed to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition where he remains this morning, stable and waiting to undergo surgery.
The victim, who hails from Canada, is staying on the Gold Coast while studying full-time at Griffith University.
A mother of one of the victim’s friends told myGC the “bloke” who threw the devastating punch had left her son’s “best mate” with horrific injuries.
“Despite his horrific injuries, the bloke who hit him ran away,” said the victim’s friend’s mother, who requested she remain anonymous.
“He is one of my sons best mates and is here studying from Canada.
“He is currently in hospital with breaks to both sides of his jaw, a broken eye socket and damage to his teeth,” the woman told myGC.
The young student is expected to undergo surgery on Sunday.
Detectives are investigating the assault and, at the time of writing on Saturday night, no arrests had been made.
It’s hoped the attack was captured on council CCTV cameras.
Anyone who witnesses the assault, or may have information that could assist with the police investigation, is urged to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers.