A Kiwi teen living in Sydney is in hospital with a fractured skull after being king hit in a McDonald’s drive-through.
Alexander McEwen, 19, was punched by a stranger at the Penrith fastfood outlet, around 1.30am yesterday, the Sydney Morning Herald has reported.
His alleged attacker, Corey Beard, publicised a love of boxing, ultimate fighting knockouts, and ''world extreme fighting'' online.
Police have found 13 vials of steroids at Beard's home.
A court was told Beard and his friend had left their hotel in Penrith, and approached McEwen, McEwen's brother Lance McEwen-Henderson, and two women.
A verbal fight started, and Beard allegedly punched McEwen-Henderson, leaving him with facial injuries.
McEwen, who was standing on a one-metre high retaining wall is reported to have leaned down to defend his brother. Beard then punched him with a closed fist, grabbed his t-shirt and thrust him over the wall, causing him to smash his head on the ground and lose consciousness.
McEwan, who was taken to Nepean Hospital, emerged from a coma late yesterday.
According to the Daily Telegraph, McEwan had only been in Australia a few months after moving from Auckland, and it was his first night “clubbing” with his older brother.
McEwen's father told the Telegraph it was hard to know how the brain injury would affect his son.
"He's getting really tired from having a sore head and lying in bed … he's going to have ongoing headaches for some time,” he said.
"It's pretty gut-wrenching, you raise a family and bring kids up ... they are destroying an entire bloody lifetime for someone.”
He said Alex was a really nice, quiet kid, with no aggression.
The Sydney attack comes less than a week after 18-year-old Daniel Christie was put into a coma after being punched in the face by Shaun McNeil in Kings Cross.
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