THIS is a national tragedy.
2013 was another year of senseless violence on our nation’s streets and most of it was fuelled by alcohol.
Despite the well-publicised tragedy of Thomas Kelly, 18, killed in 2012 out on his first night on the town, the king-hit assaults continued this year.
As revellers gear up for New Year‘s Eve, news.com.au looks back at the shocking year of alcohol-related violence. It was 12 months of stupidity that left victims fighting for their lives. Here are 13 incidents that should never have happened.
THE MAN WHO WALKED AWAY
This man was walking away from a confrontation when he was king hit from behind outside a Perth bar on January 4.
Shocking CCTV footage released by police showed two groups of young men exchanging words in a carpark when a thug brutally attacked the 28-year-old man.
The victim underwent surgery for a broken jaw and had to get plates inserted into his face.
Matt Tuffin stepped in to help an injured man in a pub brawl on February 12 and he was bashed so brutally he was hospitalised for more than four months.
Mr Tuffin was king hit after a brawl erupted over a cigarette at the Humpty Doo Tavern in the Northern Territory. His mates described him as the “peacemaker”.
“It wasn’t a real fun experience, I can tell you,” Mr Tuffin told the Nine Network later. “I was very lucky. (I was) very close to kicking the bucket, for sure.”
THE FOOTBALL FAN
An unsuspecting soccer fan was the victim of a vicious king hit at an A-League match on March 16.
Western Sydney Wanderers fan Eric Berry said his son had been standing six feet from where the victim was king hit.
“There were assaults taking place … missiles being thrown towards Wanderers supporters,” Mr Berry told Channel 7…