one punch attack
one punch attack

Queensland father’s one-punch killer jailed

UPDATE: A man who killed a Brisbane father in a one-punch attack on a South Brisbane footpath and returned to the scene to lean over his victim's unconcious body has been jailed.

Wayne Andrew Hearn, 40, was three years ago charged over the death of Brisbane father Timothy Lang.

The 48-year-old died after he was struck by Hearn shortly after 10am on Saturday, October 8, 2016.

Hearn pleaded guilty to unlawful striking causing death and was handed a sentence of eight-and-a-half years' jail by Supreme Court in Brisbane today.

He will be released on parole after 80 per cent of the sentenced has been served.

Hearn has spent 311 days on remand.

EARLIER: A man who killed a Brisbane father in a one-punch attack on a South Brisbane footpath has a history of gang fighting and once beat a defenceless woman with a broomstick.

Wayne Andrew Hearn, 40, was three years ago charged over the death of Brisbane father Timothy Lang.

The 48-year-old died after he was struck by Hearn about 10am on Saturday, October 8, 2016.

Hearn has pleaded guilty to unlawful striking causing death and will be sentenced in Brisbane Supreme Court today.

Timothy Lang died in hospital days after a coward punch delivered by Wayne Andrew Hearn.
Timothy Lang died in hospital days after a coward punch delivered by Wayne Andrew Hearn.

The court heard Hearn was running the morning he saw Mr Lang on they street, who attracted his attention.

The court heard the pair, who were known to each other, became involved in an altercation. Hearn had accused Mr Lang of sleeping with his girlfriend.

Hearn punched Mr Lang in the head who then fell unconscious to the footpath.

He died in hospital several days later.

Shockingly, CCTV footage played to the court showed that after striking Mr Lang, Hearn ran off before returning and leaning over the man's unconscious body.

The court heard he said: "I told you to stop, you should've let it go. This is what you get".

He then told witnesses to call triple-0 and ran off.

Wayne Hearn’s relatives leaving court in 2016.
Wayne Hearn’s relatives leaving court in 2016.


Hearn later confessed to the coward punch to his girlfriend and a covert police officer following his arrest.

During the sentencing hearing on a Tuesday, Crown Prosector David Nardone said Hearn had committed the attack "against a long background of offending including violence".

The court heard Hearn had been involved with authorities since 1995, having inflicted attacks on people for more than two decades.

"Mr Hearn has a particularly bad criminal history including many acts of violence," Mr Nardone said, adding the 40-year-old was on parole at the time he committed the unlawful strike.

Wayne Hearn was arrested in 2016 for the one-punch attack that killed a Brisbane father.
Wayne Hearn was arrested in 2016 for the one-punch attack that killed a Brisbane father.

The court heard Hearn had previously been involved in "group fighting" involving weapons and had physically attacked previous partners by choking them, pushing them and pulling their hair.

In 2009, the man was sentenced for slicing the arm of a partner with a knife.

The court heard the woman ran from him and hid in a bedroom.

Hearn then broke into the room with a broomstick handle and began beating the woman, the court heard.

Mr Lang's family declined to provide victim impact statements to the court and the man's daughter is heavily pregnant and in hospital, so was unable to attend the sentencing hearing, the court was told.

In an apology letter he read from the dock, Hearn said his actions in striking Mr Lang were "devastating to all concerned".

" … I wish my behaviour was different but time cannot be turned back and both families have to deal with the tragic consequences of my actions," he said.

"I take full responsibility for my actions.

"I hope one day Mr Lang's family and society in general can forgive me."

He will be sentenced later today.


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