PROUD Gold Coast coward-puncher Caleb Maraku has been detained by Australian Border Force officers and will be deported back to New Zealand, it has been confirmed.
The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to delivering the brutal punch which knocked NSW tourist Taliesin O’Meara, also 19, unconscious during Schoolies celebrations in Surfers Paradise last year.
Adding insult to injury, New Zealand-born Maraku laughed and posed for selfies as he left Southport Magistrates Court in January after escaping conviction and walking away with 12 months probation.
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The brutal cowards-punch was caught on a passerby’s camera and uploaded to Snap Chat.
The sickening footage, the subsequent sentencing and Maraku’s remorseless attitude sparked outrage across the country, with almost 50,000 people signing an online petition to have the teenager deported.
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“We the community seek to see the deportation of Caleb Maraku as his actions have caused more harm than good in the State of Queensland, Australia,” the petition reads.
“He not only had cowardly punched a unsuspecting teen in an unprovoked attack but had also disregarded the fact that he was already suspended from Surfers Paradise when the attack took place.”
The 19-year-old scaffolder was detained by border force officers at his Upper Coomera home on Friday morning and will be deported back to New Zealand.
“We can confirm that Mr Maraku was detained this morning by the Australian Border Force, ahead of his removal from Australia,” the ABF said in a statement on Friday afternoon.