Man serious after 'king-hit' outside Octagon bar

A man is in a serious condition after he was "king hit" outside a bar in the Octagon in Dunedin overnight.

Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen, of Dunedin, said police were called to an assault outside The Social Club at 3am.

Witnesses described the man being "king hit" after a disagreement with another man.

The man was unconscious and in a serious condition, and was taken to hospital to be monitored for a head injury, he said.

The offender fled the scene in a white BMW before police arrived.

Police enquiries were continuing. 


New Zealand should go the way of Australia and stop referring to these hits as "king hits". They should be labelled as "coward punches" just like the cowards who use them.

"King hit"s in a street fight are generally cowardly attacks, often from the side or from behind.
There is nothing ' king ' about knocking someone unconscious and then running away. Those are the actions of a cowardly low life, incapable of taking responsibility for their own actions.
It's extremely disappointing that the ODT chooses to quote someone that obviously believes there is some sort of street credibility in hitting someone so hard they require hospitalization. There is nothing 'kingly' about that.
Come on ODT. Lift your game. Don't be gutter press.

I honestly hope the person who done this is caught, if another person was driving the car then they are just as bad. coward punches are not ok, once caught name and shame the person, put the CCT pic on the net as well.

A 'Yellow Belly' punch, performed by a coward. I agree, this action should not be described in the media as a 'King' hit.
To 'take out' another person in such a way should bring about a severe sentence. In fact, I thought NZ law had made amendments to that fact some years ago?
Let alone to strike a person in that manner then run away. Nasty piece of s#%$.
Our thoughts and best wishes for the best outcome are with the victim and his family. This is a life changing event for them right now.

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