Teen bashed from behind
A CALOUNDRA mum is livid with the youth of today after her 18-year-old son was "king hit" from behind after a night out with his mates in Noosa.
Dianne Burgess's son, Lachlan, suffered a broken nose, broken cheekbone, depressed cheek, fractured jaw, damage to the eye, stitches and "a few other bits and pieces" in the violent assault.
He had been hanging around the Noosa transit centre close to midnight and may have been mouthing off.
Ms Burgess says while she knows her son is no angel, "no one deserves to be treated like that".
"To hit from behind is so cowardly," she said.
"There is far too much alcohol, too many drugs and perhaps not enough tolerance," Ms Burgess said.
Lachlan did not see the assailant, who ran from the scene.
"I thought I was hit by a car," he said.
"My mate nearly broke his foot trying to catch him."
Ms Burgess said the "one punch can kill" message was strong after Josh Mill was killed by a king hit in Caloundra on October 22, 2007.
She fears the number of serious attacks is increasing after she met two other teenagers with similar injuries at the trauma unit at Royal Brisbane Hospital on Monday.
"We spent the day seeing the facial trauma unit," Ms Burgess said.
"There were three down there with the same kind of thing, they said facial trauma was the biggest increase in the whole system.
"The doctor at Noosa also says they are getting many."
Lachlan is unable have surgery this week because his face is too swollen.
"He is booked in for Tuesday and he will have to have platelets inserted," Ms Burgess said.
"We also had to see an eye specialist. He said Lachlan's eye is like a can of coke but instead of being round it has been flattened.
"The chances of his retina coming apart are fairly high."
Adding to Ms Burgess's frustration is the length of time it took for her son to get to hospital.
"His friends called an ambulance, but after half an hour they called police.
"The police also waited and then decided to take him to the hospital themselves as the ambulance was taking too long."
A police spokesman confirmed Lachlan was transported to hospital in a police vehicle.
"Our reports says he became involved in verbal argument with a woman and then a man allegedly assaulted the victim," the spokesman said.
Lachlan, a roofer, was due to return to work in Mackay yesterday, but he will not be able to go for seven weeks.
Despite his injuries, Lachlan was not in much pain. "It's a bit sore,' he said.
"If someone wants to punch on you, don't hit from behind, they should face you."