Father speaks out about son's attack
Robert McEwen, the father of Micheal McEwen who was placed in an induced coma following an unprovoked attack in Bondi last month speaks about the horrifying experience as a parent on 2UE.PT1M55S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-308ir 620 349 January 3, 2014
Knives, tattoos, punch-ups, hard partying and serious bodybuilding.
More than 3000 public photos on his social media profiles make no secret of Shaun McNeil's turbulent past.
The 25-year-old labourer has been accused of assaulting four men within 10 minutes in Kings Cross on New Year's Eve, among them 18 year-old Daniel Christie, who spent a second day on life support on Thursday.
"Mr McNeil and his family say he had turned his life around recently". Photo: Social Media
Daniel and his brother Peter were shielding two teenage boys who had allegedly been punched by Mr McNeil minutes earlier at about 9pm.
In an eerie image uploaded on Christmas Day, Mr McNeil quoted Heath Ledger's joker character from Batman: ''Monsters don't sleep under your bed, they sleep inside your head''.
In another photo, he sports blood on his forehead from an apparent punch-up. In another, he holds a knife.
Shaun McNeil Image taken from social media.
Countless photos from festivals and nightclubs indicate a penchant for drinking and partying and several carry captions referencing drugs.
However, Mr McNeil and his family say he had turned his life around recently.
His mother, Sharen McCormack, said his two-year relationship with his partner Sonya Walker, who has two children, had made him a different man.
A quote posted on his Facebook page featuring one of several images of film actor Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight. Photo: Facebook
On his 25th birthday in November, she told her son he had given her ''many a heart attack'' but was ''growing into a wonderful person''.
''He's a boy, they get into fights, but he's never been involved in anything like this,'' she said.
''I've just been walking around in a daze. This is just surreal to me. He's absolutely devastated about what's happened. We all are. I just think about the young boy.''
She said she was praying for Daniel and wanted to reach out to the Christie family but said ''I'd be the last person they'd want to talk to''.
''There's nothing I can say to that young boy that would make anything better but I'll be praying for him,'' she said.
Ms McCormack said she had no idea what led to the alleged assaults. Mr McNeil told police he didn't either.
''[He] was unable to explain his actions pertaining to any of the assaults,'' court documents state.
He said he'd had eight beers and one wine since 3pm when two teenagers approached him and his partner on Victoria Street about 9pm asking about purchasing drugs.
He became ''protective'' because of comments made towards Ms Walker, according to court documents, and allegedly punched both of the men in the head, telling them he was a mixed martial arts fighter.
The pair ran away and hid between Daniel and Peter, who were passing by.
Mr McNeil allegedly punched Daniel once in the head, rendering him unconscious, and then punched Peter when he tried to throw himself between Mr McNeil and his brother.
Mr McNeil, from Pennant Hills, has been working as a labourer for two years since being sacked by Sydney City Removalists.
In October last year, he posted online that he was ''on the clean road again'' and back into bodybuilding and working out heavily at the gym.
By the end of the month he boasted that he had ''bulked up'' to 119.5 kilograms.
In the same month, he said he had saved a blind man who was almost run over while crossing the road. ''It's our jobs as humans to help each other out when in need,'' he wrote.
A former colleague at Sydney City Removals, who did not want his name published, said Mr McNeil often spoke to him about taking and selling drugs.
He also said he had boasted about being a member of the Rebels motorcycle club's Rhodes chapter and showed colleagues photos of himself in the club's patches.
There were 2500 police on the beat on New Year's Eve - 10 of whom witnessed the incident involving Daniel, but it was not enough to stop him hitting the pavement and fracturing his skull.
Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch said: ''Even with police on every corner, we still cannot stop this kind of fight, particularly when people are affected by alcohol and particularly when they are intent on, we will allege, just going out and hurting people, as we will allege this [person] was.''