Man charged over alleged ‘coward-kick’ attack in Southport

A man has handed himself into police over an alleged unprovoked attack in which a Korean student was “coward-kicked” in the head in Southport.

Police released CCTV footage of the shocking assault and robbery, which is said to have occurred around midnight on Wednesday, in order to track down the alleged attackers.

The footage shows one alleged offender chatting with the students as the other hovers behind the group before swiftly kicking his victim unconscious outside a karaoke bar in Scarborough Street.


PHOTO: Queensland Police Service

PHOTO: Queensland Police Service

It’s further alleged the offenders stole the student’s phone and wallet.

He was taken to hospital for treatment and his injuries were not life-threatening.

A 26-year-old Labrador man attended Southport Police Station yesterday after the video emerged of the alleged attack.

He has been charged with one count of armed robbery and two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He will appear in Southport Magistrates Court today.

Police yesterday described the alleged unprovoked attack as “sickening”.

“At approximately midnight two Korean nationals had just exited the karaoke bar… they sat on the footpath for a short period of time where two male offenders have approached them,” Detective Acting Inspector Mark Proctor said. “One of these male offenders distracted the two gentleman while the other stepped behind him and delivered a swift kick to side of the head. The victim was rendered unconscious immediately and the other victim was chased off.”

Insp. Proctor said he was keen to get the offenders “off the streets”, and compared the alleged attack to coward-punching. “This is taking that to a whole new level… it’s very sickening,” he said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.