Family of king hit victim pushes for term 'coward punch'

THE family of teenage king hit victim Daniel Christie have pushed for the use of the term "coward punch".

Mr Christie, 18, remains in a critical condition in hospital after being assaulted trying to help another man in Kings Cross on New Year's Eve.

Police have charged Shaun McNeil, 25, over the attack.

The Christie family released a statement in which they said coward punch should replace the term king hit when referring to unprovoked hits.

The family said their lives had been "irrevocably" turned upside down since New Year's Eve, and thanked hospital staff and police.

"Our greatest hope and focus is for Daniel's full recovery," the statement read.

"We don't agree with the popular term "king-hit".

"We have heard it referred to as a coward punch, which seems to be more appropriate."

New South Wales police minister Mike Gallacher has backed the call.

Last night, the hashtag #cowardpunch was trending strongly on Twitter.

 

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