Matthew Stanley never saw it coming. The 15-year-old was punched once to the head and went down, smashing his skull on the ground. As he lay there, unconscious, his attacker kicked him in the abdomen and another man poured beer over him and called him a coward.
A day later he was declared dead, another victim of the one-punch culture of street violence.
His sudden and violent death in 2006 was echoed by the king hit on 18-year-old Daniel Christie in Kings Cross on New Year’s Eve, which fractured his skull and left him in a critical condition.
Matthew Stanley was killed by a one-punch assault.
One-punch assaults have killed more than 90 people in Australia since 2000. Alcohol was a factor in almost three-quarters of such deaths recorded between 2000 and 2012.