Crimes (Coward Punch Causing Death) Amendment Bill

About this bill

This bill creates a new offence that would allow for a specific "king-hit" or "coward's punch" type offence in response to a number of deaths where the individual killed was assaulted and died as a result of their injuries. Those convicted of the so-called "one punch" assaults will receive a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment.

Current status

Defeated at first reading on 17 June 2020

Member of Parliament responsible

Matt King

Bill type

Member's bill



All data
Bill type Member's bill
Parliament 52
Ref 97-1
Introduced 6 September 2018
Defeated 17 June 2020
Defeated at reading 1
Divided No

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