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AustraliaMan escapes jail for Boxing Day one punch attack

18:52  14 march  2019
18:52  14 march  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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An Adelaide man with a history of violent offending has escaped conviction for a brutal “one-punch” attack on Boxing Day.

Liam Agius, 21, was shown leniency, despite calls by police for a tough penalty.

Man escapes jail for Boxing Day one punch attack © 9news Liam Agius, 21, punched a man in the face during Boxing Day sales.

Agius was with his brother in JB Hi-Fi, at Rundle Mall when he struck a 43-year-old man who was waiting in line with his young daughter during the 2016 Boxing Day sales.

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The 21-year-old lashed out and left the dad with a black eye after he complained when the pair tried to cut the queue.

Man escapes jail for Boxing Day one punch attack © 9news He tried to push in front of the man and his daughter in line.

As Agius left court he told 9News he was “pretty relieved” after escaping serious penalty for the attack.

When asked whether he had anything to say to his victim he replied: “yeah, I said sorry before”.

Man escapes jail for Boxing Day one punch attack © 9news The father was left with a black eye.

The victim told the court the most painful thing was trying to explain to his daughter why he was attacked in front of horrified shoppers.

Agius' lawyer claims it was a moment of "impulsivity", but the police prosecutor slammed the defence, saying the community should not have to tolerate violence.

The Magistrate told Agius his age, guilty plea and willingness to engage in anger management programs meant he would only hand down a twelve-month good behaviour bond, and a $100 fine.

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