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Police seek witnesses after New Year's 'coward's punch' in Civic

A Braddon man is helping police with their investigation into an alleged one-punch assault in Civic after Canberra's New Year's Eve celebrations.

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CCTV shows New Year's Eve 'king-hit' attack

RAW VISION: A single punch assault in Canberra on New Year's Eve which left a man with serious injuries. Vision: ACT Police. No sound.

An ACT man underwent emergency surgery to his jaw following the alleged assault outside the East Row Supa 24 convenience store in Civic, shortly before 3am on New Year's Day.

CCTV footage shows the victim in a tense conversation with one man before another steps in and punches him to the ground.

One bystander is seen to rush to the man's aid.  


WITNESSES SOUGHT TO 'COWARD PUNCH' ASSAULT IN CIVICACT Policing is seeking witnesses to a ‘coward punch’ assault that...

Posted by ACT Policing on  Thursday, 7 January 2016

ACT Policing called for witnesses to the attack in the hope the public would be able to identify the perpetrator. 

In a statement, police said the Braddon man, aged in his 20s, handed himself in at City Police Station this afternoon and was helping with their investigation. 

Police thanked the public for their help and said their investigation into the incident was continuing.

Lead investigator Constable Jarrad Drennan said the victim was now at home recovering and had contacted police the day after the attack.

He would not comment on whether the victim knew his attacker.

Earlier this week, 18-year-old Cole Miller died after a one-punch attack in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley

Station Sergeant Jeff Knight said: "Given the recent tragic events in Queensland around Cole Miller police are urging witnesses to come forward and assist us with our inquiries so we can apprehend this offender. 

Witnesses should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the Crime Stoppers website. Please quote reference 5904176.