Tough new laws aim to keep the peace on the streets
Tough new laws aim to keep the peace on the streets Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Club lockouts, jail for coward punches in planned NSW laws

DEADLY coward punches will attract a minimum sentence of eight years in jail and Sydney's pubs and clubs will be subject to early lock-outs and restricted licensing hours under Barry O'Farrell's proposed new alcohol laws.

The pressure on the NSW Premier to respond to the senseless violence plaguing the city's party precincts peaked last week with the death of New Years Eve coward punch victim Daniel Christie.

Speaking to reporters in Sydney this morning, Mr O'Farrell said he made "no apologies" for the severity of some of the changes, which include a 1.30am lockout at all city pubs and clubs and a closing time of 10pm for bottle shops.

Alcohol will not be served at licensed premises after 3.30am.

Legislation will also be introduced to ensure violent drunks who throw a deadly punch, will never get off as lightly as Kieran Loveridge, the 18-year-old jailed for just four years over the death of Thomas Kelly.

An eight-year minimum sentence will apply to all alcohol or drug-fuelled assaults ending in death.

There will also be mandatory minimum sentences for serious assaults.

Mr O'Farrell said he understood there would be some opposition to the changes but recent events "demanded strong action".


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