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October 30

Australian security guard dies after one punch

International Security

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An Australian man has died in hospital due to a serious assault he received whilst working as a security guard in Caboolture, a town and suburb in Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia. 

A 30-year-old man is assisting police with their inquiries following the serious assault of a male security guard inside a shopping centre in Caboolture on the 9th of October.

The incident occurred at around 1.40pm when a male (30), threw a chair at a shopfront in the King Street shopping centre before being approached by a security guard Charles Lewis (38).

The 30 year old man is alleged to have punched the 38-year-old security guard Charles Lewis in the face, with enough force causing him to fall backwards and strike his head on the ground local police have said. 

Caboolture security guard Charles Lewis, 38, has died after allegedly being punched.

Caboolture security guard Charles Lewis, 38, has died after allegedly being punched.

The victim Mr Lewis had suffered severe head injuries as a result of the one-punch and was transported to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a critical condition.

The 30-year-old man was taken into police custody in Caboolture.

Sadly, Charles Lewis has succumbed to his injuries and has passed away on Tuesday 27th of October at the Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital due to his injuries.

The 30 year old male was initially charged with serious assault, grievous bodily harm, wilful damage and contravening a domestic violence order.  

What is a Domestic Violence Order?

A domestic violence order (DVO) in Australia is an official document issued by the court to stop threats or acts of domestic violence.

A DVO sets out rules that the ‘respondent’ (the person who has committed domestic violence) must obey. It is designed to keep the ‘aggrieved’ (the person who has had violence against them) safe by making it illegal for the respondent to behave in specific ways.

A DVO is a civil court order so it does not appear on an individual’s criminal history.

However, it is a criminal offence to disobey an order, and this will appear on the respondent criminal history.

It is now understood that local prosecutors will seek to upgrade the criminal charges to Manslaughter following the victim’s death.

The 30-year-old man who was charged by police has been remanded in custody and will reappear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on November 25.

The offence of manslaughter and penalty in Queensland.

Section 303 of the Criminal Code Act 1899 (Qld) (the Criminal Code), provides that a person is guilty of manslaughter when that person unlawfully kills another person in a way that does not constitute murder.

In more general terms, manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a person without intent to kill, usually as a result of a careless, reckless or negligent act, and includes the intentional killing of a person under extreme provocation or when a person’s state of mind has impaired their capacity to understand or to control their actions. In Queensland, the maximum penalty for manslaughter is imprisonment for life. Unlike murder, this penalty is not mandatory, so the judge has discretion in what sentence to impose in the particular circumstances of each case.


About the author 

Steven Morrison

Steven Morrison is a 32 year veteran door supervisor and subject specialist within the private security industry. He has acted as a expert for two national awarding bodies. In 2014 Steven was a lead expert working on the learning outcomes for national qualifications development for private security operatives. He still works within the private security industry today and delivers specialist legal training opportunities through our training business. He works as a expert witness for various law firms in Scotland on issues relating to the private security industry, data privacy and use of force.

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