Yesterday, we reported that two men had been taken into custody following an unprovoked, one-punch attack in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley that left 18-year-old elite water polo player Cole Miller (pictured) fighting for his life.
Today, ABC News report that the two – both aged 21, from Tanah Merah and Coombabah respectively – have been charged with grievous bodily harm in the wake of the attack.
Queensland police Detective Acting Inspector Tom Armitt earlier told media that Miller and a friend were walking through the Chinatown Mall towards Ann Street at around 3.35am when the incident occurred.
Armitt said that Miller and his friend were approached by “four men of Pacific Islander appearance aged in their early 20s.”
“A short exchange has occurred and the victim was struck once to the back of the head, has fallen forward and he’s currently in his present condition. There is no indication the victim knew who the offenders were.”
Miller, a member of the Brisbane Barracudas Water Polo Club team, was on a night out during a break in his training schedule; he had been due to travel to Adelaide this week to compete in the national championships.
He sustained serious head injuries in the attack, and remains in the Royal Brisbane And Women’s Hospital in a life-threatening condition.
Story: ABC News