The father-in-law of a Queensland man killed in an alleged one-punch attack outside a pub has described him as the “best match” for his daughter.
Tim Wonhung has been among the many to pay tribute to 32-year-old Lincoln Hoad in the lead-up to or after his death on Monday, from the critical injuries he sustained in an alleged attack in Dalby, near Toowoomba, about 1am on Saturday.
Wonhung, whose daughter Shalika was with Hoad for 14 years, wrote on Facebook that the couple initially “looked like a bit of a mismatch” but were “actually the best match”.
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“We have seen this couple form a relationship most people search for their whole lives,” he wrote at Coad’s bedside in the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, as his body was being kept alive in preparation for organ donation.
Wonhung revealed he first met Hoad when employing him as an apprentice plumber. He said he thought he was a “bit wild and woolly” for Shalika but “it didn’t take long” for him to accept their relationship.
A man identified as Lincoln Hoad, pictured with his partner Shalika, has died after allegedly being punched outside a Dalby pub. Credit: Facebook
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He also decried the alleged “senseless violence” that “devastated our family and the Hoad family”.
A 33-year-old man was arrested near the scene of the alleged attack on Cunningham Stand and was charged with grievous bodily harm.
His charge has been upgraded to unlawful striking causing death. The man, from Capalaba near Brisbane, is due to appear in Dalby Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Shalika took to social media before his death to “wish for a miracle” before his death.
Lincoln Hoad and his partner Shalika. Credit: Facebook
“I’ve had the absolute pleasure of having him in my life for almost 14 years as my love and throughout that time we have always chosen each other throughout everything,” she wrote on Facebook.
“I love this man with my every fibre.”
Hoad’s sister Melina Josey described him as a “truly beautiful, fun-loving larrikin”, while a friend Shalika said she was “beyond heartbroken that you’ve been taken away”.
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