VIDEO: Victim's family face alleged one-punch killer
WHEN Terry Bishop first laid eyes on the man accused of killing his brother, his initial reaction wasn't anger.
Instead, he was taken aback by how young the man looked.
Mr Bishop's 55-year-old brother, Lindsay Ede was the victim of an alleged one-punch attack, which took place in Goodna in June.
The man accused of throwing the punch, Redbank Plains teen Ariik Mayot, appeared in Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday, to have his charge upgraded to unlawful striking causing death.
It was the first time anyone in Queensland had been charged with the new offence after it was created last year. It carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
Mr Bishop and members of his family also appeared in court, in support of Mr Ede.
It was the first time any of them had seen Mayot, 19, in person.
"What struck me was how young he looked," Mr Bishop said about Mayot.
"If he's found guilty, he will have wasted his life in doing what he had done."
Police will allege that Mr Ede was punched in the head, without provocation, as he walked along Albert St in the afternoon.
The blow caused him to fall and hit his head on the road. He was put on life support, but later died as a result of his injuries.
Mayot was originally charged with grievous bodily harm before the offence was upgraded.
Mayot's lawyer Emma Aldersea did not apply for bail and the teen was remanded in custody to reappear via video link on November 25.
Mr Bishop said he and his family would attend each court hearing until justice was served.
"We are going to follow this right through to the end," he said.
"It's something we need to do, not only to support Lindsay, but to also bring closure to our family".
Mr Bishop described the alleged attack as "cruel and senseless".
He said the family, with the One Punch Campaign's Australia, were organising a walk to raise awareness about the dangers of one-punch attacks.
The walk, held on August 29 at 11am, will follow the same route Mr Lindsay was walking the day of the incident. For more information search for One Punch Campaign's Australia on Facebook.
A REDBANK plains teenager accused of throwing the punch that killed a Goodna man has become the first person charged under new laws targeting one-punch attacks.
Ariik Mayor, 19, stood in the dock at the Ipswich Magistrates Court today where his charge was formally upgraded to unlawful striking causing death.
He was previously charged with grievous bodily harm after the alleged assault on June 22.
Police alleged 55-year-old Lindsay Ede was walking on Albert Street at around 1:30pm when he was punched in the back of the head by a man walking in the opposite direction. Mr Ede fell to the ground and hit his head.
He passed away at the Ipswich Hospital on July 15 as a result of his injuries.
Mayot is due to re-appear in court on November 25.
Grieving members of the victim's family were also in court in support of Mr Ede.
The victim's brother, Terry Bishop said his family had been left "absolutely shattered".
Mr Bishop described the alleged attack as "cruel and senseless" and that his family would follow the case "right to the end".
"As a family, we stand strong and hope that justice is served under Queensland's new laws because one punch can kill," he said.
Mr Bishop said the family, with the One Punch Campaign's Australia, were organising a walk to raise awareness about the dangers of one-punch attacks.
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EARLIER: THE teenager accused of a fatal one-punch attack will today face the grieving family members of Lindsay Ede.
Ariik Mayot, 19, will have charges of grievous bodily harm officially upgraded to unlawful striking causing death, making him the first person in Queensland to be charged with the new offence.
Mayot, who is being held in custody, will be brought to Ipswich Magistrates Court this morning for the charge to be amended.
Mr Ede's brother Terry Bishop says today will be the first time he will see Mayot in person.
"I am glad he is being brought to the court but I don't wish to say anything to him at this point; I will be leaving that until I do the victim impact statement," Mr Bishop said.
"We are devastated with what has happened - especially mum and Lindsay's partner Gloria.
"Gloria is absolutely shattered."
Police will allege that Mayot struck Mr Ede once to the side of the head, without provocation, as Mr Ede walked along Albert St, Goodna, on the afternoon of June 22.
Mr Ede fell to the ground, sustained a massive head injury and never woke up, despite fighting for several weeks.
He eventually died in the Ipswich Hospital palliative care unit on July 15.
Determined to see that Mr Ede's death is not in vain, family members have teamed up with the One Punch Campaign Australia in order to organise a walk to raise awareness of the devastation that can be caused by mindless violence.
A Facebook community group called Stop the Coward Punch has also joined in with the effort, which will involve a walk, replicating Mr Ede's regular route, from Redbank Plains to Goodna on August 29.
A gold coin donation sausage sizzle will be held at the conclusion to raise money for the One Punch Campaign Australia.
Mr Bishop said about 120 shirts emblazoned with the One Punch Australia message had been made for the event.
The family hopes something positive might come from their loss.
"We couldn't have asked for a better response from the public so far," Mr Bishop said.
"We have been overwhelmed with the attention."