The father of a man killed outside a Melbourne pub by a
king-hit delivered from behind has called for Victoria to
introduce the so-called "coward's punch" laws.
Shannon McCormack, 22, died six days after he struck his head
on a concrete wall when punched unconscious outside Queens
Bridge Hotel in 2007.
McCormack's killer has never been identified, despite several
witnesses to the attack and partial CCTV footage.
Coroner Peter White today recommended the Melbourne City
Council encourage pubs and clubs to install more CCTV
He could not establish that excessive alcohol consumption was
Shannon's father, William McCormack, said he would like to
see Victoria adopt New South Wales' one-punch laws.
The law introduced in January, and known as the coward's
punch law, imposes a mandatory eight-year jail term for drunk
offenders who hit and kill a person.
"I would've liked to see that come in for sure. The coward's
punch is really appropriately named," he told reporters
"The person who hit our son ran up behind him and hit him in
the side of the head. He didn't even know it was coming, it
was definitely a coward's punch."
One witness to the assault told the inquest the attacker came
from behind Shannon and took a two or three step run-up and
punched him to the side of his head.
Mr McCormack said he and and his wife, Cheryl, had not
expected any surprises in Coroner White's findings, after
additional CCTV footage and a police image of the killer
released last year failed to lead to a breakthrough in the
But he said they had not given up hope of a friend or family
member of the thug, or even the attacker himself finally
"One day these people involved are going to have kids, get
married, how would they like it if it was their child," Mr