A proposal to drug and alcohol test suspects in violent assaults will be put before the NSW government.
A proposal to drug and alcohol test suspects in violent assaults is likely to be put before the New South Wales Government this week.
It follows the tragic one-punch death of teenager Daniel Christie after a New Year's Eve assault.
A floral tribute marks the place where Daniel Christie and Thomas Kelly were fatally punched, a second young life lost so senselessly and in such similar circumstances, prompting more desperate soul searching.
Drug and alcohol testing of alleged offenders is now firmly on the table.
We're aggressively investigating what can be done.
Even those historically opposed to the use of police sniffer dogs are convinced.
If there's a regime where if they don't consent to an alcohol or drug test, there's some procedure where they can be forced to undertake one.
They say it's fair because it only targets those accused of serious crimes.
Martial arts fighter Shaun McNeil was never tested after his alleged attack of Daniel Christie on New Year's Eve.
He would have been if these proposals were law.
I think a lot of people would be surprised that is not already the case.
After Daniel's life support was turned off yesterday, the Government asked the acting Director of Public Prosecutions to consider the most serious charge.
A murder charge should be carefully considered in this case.
If that happens, McNeil could be facing a much longer sentence than the four years given to Thomas Kelly's attacker.