Kiwi in one-punch attack deported from Australia

  • 27/08/2017
Daniel Maxwell.
Daniel Maxwell. Photo credit: AAP

The man who started the fight that killed Brisbane teenager Cole Miller has been deported to New Zealand.

Daniel Maxwell, 21, walked free from the Brisbane Supreme Court in August, after being given an 18-month jail sentence which was suspended based on time already served.

Australian Border Force officers then took him into custody after his visa was cancelled. Under Australian law, foreigners convicted of a crime who then serve more than 12 months' jail have their visa automatically revoked.

On Sunday the New Zealand Department of Corrections confirmed Maxwell had returned to New Zealand from Australia.

Acting national commissioner Rachel Leota said he would be managed in the same way as if he were released from prison in New Zealand.

Corrections had received a range of information about him from Australia.

"Probation officers complete a full induction into the returning offender order and ensure the offender understands their obligations and the consequences of failing to comply," she said.

Maxwell will be visited by a probation officer regularly and can be referred to any alcohol or violence programmes.

Brisbane teenager Cole Miller was killed in the attack.
Brisbane teenager Cole Miller was killed in the attack. Photo credit: AAP

Mr Miller and his friend Nick Pace were heading home when they crossed paths with Maxwell in Fortitude Valley's Chinatown mall on January 3, 2016.

Maxwell had been out celebrating his 21st birthday. He asked his friends if they wanted to see "something funny" before challenging Mr Miller and punching the 18-year-old elite water polo player in the chest.

Mr Miller was then punched from behind by Armstrong Renata, causing him to fall to the ground. He never regained consciousness and died in hospital two days later.

Renata, 22, has pleaded guilty to unlawful striking, causing death.

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