Man loses eye in alleged one punch assault

A MAN has lost the use of an eye and suffered severe facial injuries requiring emergency attention after an alleged one punch attack in Coffs Harbour.

Coffs-Clarence Local Area Command detectives are currently investigating that occurred at a Grafton St taxi rank in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A 38 year-old man had been out at a licensed premises during the evening and was waiting near the taxi rank to be picked up.

An altercation then started between the man and a man known to him. During this altercation he was punched to the left side of his face.

The man was subsequently taken to hospital where subsequent emergency surgery was unable to save his left eye.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager, Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said he was particularly concerned about the aspect of the assault being a 'one punch' style.

"The community is concerned about these types of assaults, and so are the police in this command, but as a community we must take a stand against drugs and alcohol, otherwise these types of incidents will continue," Det Insp Jameson said.

"Drugs and alcohol abuse cost: they cost family, they cost friends, they cost employment and they cost a person's future.

"Our investigations are ongoing and we are following a number of strong leads. Anyone with information are encouraged to contact the Police or CrimeStoppers."

The man remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Coffs Harbour Police Station on 66910799 or alternatively Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/.



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