Call for new king-hit laws in Victoria

VICTORIAN families of king-hit victims have called for new laws to ensure offenders face tough sentences. 

Bendigo Acting Superintendent Brad Dixon said the debate regarding new laws was a side issue. 

"We already have very heavy penalties available under existing laws for assaults, manslaughter and murder," he said. 

Acting Superintendent Dixon said he was saddened to hear a game where offenders king-hit random people had emerged in America. 

The game, 'Point 'em out, knock 'em out', involves offenders king-hitting a stranger, with the hope the victim would fall to the ground and become unconscious in a single blow. 

Offenders filmed the attack and then posted it on social media. 

Acting Superintendent Dixon said he had not seen any evidence of this occurring in Bendigo. 

"I will act strongly and quickly if we do see signs of this," he said.

"I find the act of doing this under the guise of it being a 'game' absolutely barbaric. 

"We should call it for what it is - a cowardly act of thuggery which has the potential to kill someone."

Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre lawyer Peter Noble said he recognised the hurt and anguish victims of king-hits experienced but agreed existing laws were sufficient in the prosecution of offenders. 

"There are a range of charges open to police and sufficient latitude for the courts to impose sentences as warranted by the particular facts of each case,” he said. 

Mr Noble said the apparent trend of video recording king-hits was "disgraceful". 

"It is profoundly stupid given the implications of the evidence (in the video recording)," he said. 

"Offenders might as well hand themselves into police on the way home from the pub.

"Then again, if people are hell bent on offending in this manner perhaps fast-tracking the prosecution process isn’t such a bad thing."

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