Rugby league identity loses eye in one-punch attack
A NORTH Coast rugby league identity has lost an eye and suffered severe facial injuries in a brutal one punch attack.
Dion Marr, 38, is in hospital recovering from surgery after the alleged attack on Sunday morning at a Coffs Harbour taxi rank.
A gofundme page has been set up by Mr Marr's first cousin to help the family pay for medical expenses as well as allowing his wife to take the time off work necessary at this time to care for the injured man and their children.
Coffs Clarence Local Area Command detectives are currently investigating the incident that occurred near a Grafton St taxi rank.
Mr Marr had been out at a licensed premises during the evening and was waiting near the taxi rank to be picked up.
An altercation then started between the man and a man known to him.
It's believed during this altercation he was punched to the left side of his face.
He was subsequently taken to hospital where subsequent emergency surgery was unable to save his left eye.
Coffs Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said he was particularly concerned about the aspect of the assault being a "one punch" style.
"The community is concerned about these types of assaults, and so are the police in this command, but as a community we must take a stand against drugs and alcohol, otherwise these types of incidents will continue," Det Insp Jameson said.
"Drugs and alcohol abuse cost: they cost family, they cost friends, they cost employment and they cost a person's future.
"Our investigations are ongoing and we are following a number of strong leads.
"Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police or Crime Stoppers."