Man accused of “coward punch” made a ‘callous’ boast before the fatal punch.

A random “coward punch” attack in Brisbane has left 18-year-old Cole Miller from Highgate Hill fighting for his life.

Police allege that around 3.30am the teen was assaulted whilst walking down Duncan Street.

He suffered serious head injuries after collapsing and hitting his head on the ground and was transported to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital where he remains in a life-threatening condition.

His attackers left him for dead and fled the scene.

Fortunately, a number of bystanders rushed to the injured teen’s aid and called for help.

Two men have since been charged with one count each of grievous bodily harm.

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Sad news just in with the report that 18yo ‘coward punch’ victim Cole Miller has tragically died in hospital.

The teenager never regained consciousness. He died in the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

The teenager, from Highgate Hill, graduated from Brisbane State High School and was a member of the Brisbane Barracudas Water Polo Club team.

He is the younger brother of Australian water polo player Billy Miller.

Our hearts go out to his family.


Police have alleged that one of the men accused of the ‘coward’s punch’ that killed Cole Miller made a  ‘callous’ boast before the fatal punch.

Daniel Jermaine Lee Maxwell and co-accused Armstrong Renata, both 21, are now facing possible life sentences.

Daniel Maxwell allegedly asked mates “Do you want to see something funny?” before unleashing the fatal blow, police say.

Cole’s father, Steven Miller,  released a statement yesterday telling reporters his son suffered “massive brain trauma” and had his life support switched off.

“He struggled bravely in the intensive care unit of Royal Brisbane Hospital and our family and many close friends have been by his side since the incident.”

“Cole was a beautiful, brave young man with his whole life yet to be lived. The whole Miller family would like to thank his school friends from Brisbane State High and the water polo community, and the many, many others who have sent messages of love and hope.”

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 FREE or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

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  • This must have been devastating.


  • It is so sad that this happens. I think that it’s important to teach from a young age that one punch can kill


  • how the bloody hell is this rationalised? is it games on the computers etc, really violent movies, kids growing up in childcare WTF makes these guys so bloody numb, they think this type of behaviour is ok? I AM SO VERY CROSS


  • Facing possible life sentences?!!!! There should be no possible about it!
    This poor boys family are now facing a life sentence without their boy. I hope the law prevails in this case!


  • Such a tradegy. My thoughts are with his family


  • that is really sad. i don’t know, people are just so reckless these days.


  • How devastating!! What on earth possesses people to do rubbish like this!
    My brother was sucker punched outside a local club. He was fortunate enough to be caught by a friend though and didn’t have major injuries. Apparently it was a case of mistaken identity and the guy got let off lightly. I would dearly like to swear but I won’t. You can imagine ;)
    RIP Cole. Thoughts go out to the family.


  • So pleased they have found the people that cause this, thoughts are with this mans family


  • How terrible to hear that he died!! Poor boy! :-(


  • Thank goodness these criminals were located and charged – do these idiots even think about what it would be like if it was there brother, their best mate, their father left for dead after a cowards punch? I really hope one day that they learn to feel what others feel when this happens.

    To Cole and his family, I hope he pulls through this.

    I am proud that there are still people in this country that are kind and are not afraid to go and help others when help is so desperately needed, we need more people to be this brave in our society today


  • Terrible! I hope the boy will recover very quick!!


  • Lke gs


  • I am so glad people have been charged. Let’s hope recovery happens reasonably well. How horrible and completely unnecessary.


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