One punch can kill
At the time of writing, the Festive Season is very much upon us. With all the joy that it brings, also comes more revelry and, sadly, the darker side of more alcohol-related violence. It was with this in mind that Dorset Police recently asked me to get involved in a campaign they are running on the devastation that can be wrought by as little as one punch.
It is still painful to recount the events of March 2016, when the life of my younger brother David was ripped away in an instant, as he was killed by precisely that attack. With one moment of a man losing all self-control, one instant of lashing out with full angry force, David’s life was ended. As a part-time amateur boxer that man would have known the power he could wield. He seemed not to respect any training he would have had about self-discipline and keeping his fighting to the ring, with gloves and a soft canvas for protection.
David’s killer will probably be released from prison soon, after serving two years of his four-year sentence. Whilst he had a record of previous assaults, I have since learnt of numerous examples of one-punch fatalities where someone has acted completely out of character, in the heat of the moment. Suddenly they have become a killer and someone has gone forever. Remarkably, Dorset Police recorded four of these tragedies in just one year, in their area alone. Hence we see their simple message to encourage those embroiled in escalating arguments to pause, take a moment and walk away.
I am very grateful that Trends in Urology and Men’s Health has helped me to promote the message of this crucial issue, which of course involves men almost exclusively, and which I am sure merits national coverage. Have no doubt: One Punch Can Kill.