Mother of one-punch victim writes letter to attacker
“I hope that you don't have to get a photo of your child…”
A 19-year-old boy was knocked unconscious in a one-punch attack. The attacker is now known as the ‘laughing attacker’ after he was seen walking out of the court house laughing after he learned he had avoided jail time.
The teenage victim, Taliesin Tardrew-O'Meara, said he was hit while trying to stop a group of men from hassling his female friend in the Gold Coast in November.
The mother of Taliesin,Tasha Tardrew has penned an emotional letter to the attacker.
"These are the hopes I have for the person who coward-punched my son. This is for you –
“I hope you never get a message from your child's best friend in the early hours of the morning saying that they have been king-hit and they are in a bad way.
“I hope you don't have to frantically ring around to find out if your child is still alive or critically injured.
“I hope that you don't have to get a photo of your child lying in a hospital bed with a brace around their neck not knowing if permanent damage has been done.
“I hope you don't have to receive a video of a coward hitting your child when you are at work and then have to survive the rest of the day with those horrific images, and the sound of your son's head hitting the concrete playing over and over in your mind.
“I hope you don't have to explain to your 12-year-old daughter what has happened to her older sibling and have her in hysterical tears and petrified her brother won't be coming home.
“I hope you don't then have sleepless nights over the following weeks as you constantly check on your child every hour to see that they are still breathing."
“I hope you never have to be a single parent who has to spend thousands of dollars you don't have just before Christmas to fix the damage another person has done to your child.
“I hope you don't spend your days thinking that your child's sporting career may be over due to someone who can't supposedly "handle" their alcohol.
“I hope you don't have to watch your child struggle each day with not being able to eat due to split teeth, head spins and horrific headaches weeks after being attacked.
“I hope you never have to see your child so stressed out because they have to take an exam that will determine their future with no chance to study due to their injuries.
“I hope you don't have to spend every waking hour thinking "what if" and have all the different horrible scenarios going through your head 24/7.
“I hope you don't have to watch a video of the person who has hit your child laughing as they leave court and experience that sickening feeling that they really don't care nor have any remorse not only for all the pain and suffering they have caused to the person they have hit, but the domino effect that it has had on all their family and friends.
“I hope you never have to experience the feeling that your child may not have come home and how many lives that would have destroyed.
“Above all, I hope you get to read this and finally understand what heartache and pain you have cause my beautiful little family and I hope that one day you will feel the need to take responsibility for your actions.
“I do not wish any harm to come to you as I would never want your family to go through what we have gone through but I do wish that you take a good hard look at your actions and make the decision never to do this to another human being again."
His 19-year-old attacker received 12 months' probation yesterday.
Image credit: Nine News
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