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Oct 30

Australian security guard dies after one punch

By ste7en8 | International Security

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.


Oct 23

New Zealand Security Guard tackles trespasser

By ste7en8 | Use of Force

A Security Guard at a New Zealand shopping mall in Christchurch, South City has been ‘stood down’ temporarily pending an investigation after a video surfaced on a Facebook group page of the security guard tackling a female trespasser. 

In the video, taken just before 8pm on Thursday 22nd Oct, the mall security guard asks the female to leave the South City mall and when she refuses, the security guard grabs her and takes her to the ground.

Shortly before the incident the woman was witnessed screaming at the guard, where the security guard shouts at her to "get out of my mall”.

South City Mall in central Christchurch

A spokesperson for the management at the South City Shopping mall said the woman had trespassed at the shopping centre and her friend who was also trespassing had made the video which was then shared on Facebook. The video was shared more than 500 times and then taken down quickly after attracting many comments supporting the security guard.

A police spokesperson said two people were taken into custody following the incident. Photo / Facebook

"We have launched an internal investigation and the matter has been referred to police," a spokesperson said.

"We have asked our security contractor to stand down the employee involved while the incident is fully investigated."

The woman who filmed the incident said she wanted to show the video to police, and was told they would have to go to a police station and file a report.

Both women went to the police station and were then arrested for trespassing.

South City Mall in central Christchurch

South City Mall in central Christchurch

The woman admitted that they had both trespassed at the mall's Warehouse before, but not from the mall itself.

One of the women said they did walk into The Warehouse briefly, then went back into the mall, but denied either of them stole anything.

A police spokesperson said two people were taken into custody.

Police said they were called to reports of two people behaving aggressively after allegedly being caught shoplifting.

A police spokeswoman said the pair left the mall before police arrived. Police made inquiries and both women into custody. 

”Two 21-year-old women are due to appear in Christchurch District Court on October 26 charged with wilful trespass. Other charges are likely."

They have been charged with willful trespass and will appear in court on October 26.

The security guard has not been reported to police.