Dover family facing a life sentence says Josh Mill's mum

Sue Mill recalls the heartache of losing her son, Josh to a king hit. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Sue Mill recalls the heartache of losing her son, Josh to a king hit. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily john mccutcheon

CURRIMUNDI mother Sue Mill describes the pain of losing her son in a violent bashing attack as a "life sentence".

Six years after the night her son Josh Mill was killed at a Caloundra taxi rank where he was bashed, Mrs Mill has offered her condolences to the Dover family which is going through the same heartbreak.

Wayne Dover allegedly was bashed outside Factory: The Project nightclub at Maroochydore on early last Saturday morning.

Court proceedings have begun against three men accused of his murder.

"I felt sick when I heard this happened again, but I wasn't surprised. It was only a matter of time," Mrs Mill said.

"I really feel for the family. I know what they are going through and they will have more years ahead as it goes through the court system.

"We'd never been involved in the courts or with the police as much as we were and Josh's story was in the papers every day.

"This violence on the street needs to stop. I just don't know what the answer is."

Mrs Mill said tougher sentencing should be enforced for violent crimes.

She believed the verdict set down for Josh's accused killer, Lucas James Walsh, was not adequate for the crime.

A jury found him guilty of manslaughter and he was sentenced to nine years in jail.

The men accused of killing Mr Dover are facing murder charges.

"I just feel there is not enough tough sentencing," Mrs Mill said.

"These people are being slapped on the wrist and their families - both families - are being dealt a life sentence.

"Losing a son is something that stays with you for life.

"I don't know whether we need to rise the drinking age. It couldn't hurt.

"But definitely they need to close these venues earlier. Why do people need to keep drinking?

"At 3am after a night of partying, it's a very volatile time.

"The one-punch-can-kill message just doesn't seem to be getting through."

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