‘He knew how to light up the room’: Tragedy as surf-loving tradie, 32, dies after a ‘brutal one-punch attack outside a nightclub’
- Tradie Brett Thomson, 34, was allegedly hit and killed by a cowards punch attack
- He was struck on Friday and had his life support switched off on Tuesday
- Timothy John England, 20, has been charged with grievous bodily harm
A surf-loving tradie who lived by the motto ‘time waits for no one’ and had a tattoo to prove it has died in hospital after an alleged coward punch.
Brett Thomson, 34, was allegedly struck by Timothy John England, 20, outside the Pier Bar in Cairns on Saturday night.
He was rushed to hospital in a critical condition but sadly his life support was switched off on Tuesday morning.
Friends have spoken of their heartbreak at losing an ‘incredible man filled with love’.
Brett Thomson, 34, was out late Friday night when he was allegedly struck and was taken the Intensive Care Unit at Cairns Hospital
Damon Goodwin, said the tradie was always living life for the moment.
His tattoo on his arm that read ‘time waits for no one’ was his motto in life, he told 7 News.
‘He cherished every moment and every second of his life,’ Mr Goodwin said.
In a heartbreaking GoFundMe post, set up by Mr Goodwin to raise money for the family and funeral costs, he spoke of Thomson’s serious injuries.
‘Bottom line is, Brett has suffered extreme brain damage, brain swelling, bleeding and has no neurological control of his body and never will. His life support is only a short-term system. A life soon to be passed on, but never forgotten,’ he said.
Mr Thomson was allegedly struck by Timothy John England, 20, (pictured left) when the victim fell and hit his head on the ground
The campaign has raised almost $14,000 in two days since it was first set up and his friends used it as an opportunity to share what they loved about Thomson.
‘Love to you Thomo, the family, our beautiful friends. You are so loved mate,’ one wrote.
‘Tommo, the incredible amount of love and affection from your mates over the past few days will give your family great pride and comfort,’ another person said.
Mr Thomson’s life support was turned off on Tuesday morning after four days of treatment
His aunt Kim Thomson spoke before his death and said he was a popular figure with a love for the outdoors and his roofing job.
‘He was just full of life, it’s not good to see him so still. He has many friends there on the Gold Coast,’ Ms Thomson said to the Gold Coast Bulletin.
Ms Thomson said he had only moved to Cairns early this year where he embraced the outdoors.
His aunt Kim Thomson spoke before his death and said he was a popular figure with a love for the great outdoors and his roofing job
‘He moved back for work on the islands off Cairns but every break he would be out on the reef spear fishing and then back on the coast to get his surfing kick.
‘It is so sad seeing my sister’s heart breaking and not seeing Brett smile and hearing his laugh,’ she said.
The accused, Timothy John England, is currently facing charges of grievous bodily harm that are likely to be upgraded.
He was released on bail with strict orders to not leave Queensland and to report to police three times a week.
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