Another kid king hit, now dead! Message of love, then heartbreak

Bloody drunk hooligans acting out their anger and rage, and who pays for it?his has to stop, I am the first to admit that I am not sure.I was happening 20 years or more ago when I was a lad, it just seems more vicious, an easier option! F**k everybody attitude…

Message of love, then heartbreak


Dean Johnson with mum Sue Martin

ABOUT 20 minutes into 2011, Sue Martin used Facebook to wish her son a Happy New Year. He would never read her message.

Dean Johnson, 18, had already suffered a blow to the head that would end his life in a fight at Streaky Bay shortly after midnight.

Ceduna detectives yesterday upgraded to manslaughter the charges against a Port Lincoln man, 19, who allegedly landed the blow. He was arrested at 12.30am on New Year’s Eve and initially charged with assault causing serious harm.

Mr Johnson died in the Royal Adelaide Hospital on Sunday.

The Port Augusta teen had been ringing in the New Year at Streaky Bay’s inaugural Live on the Lawn festival with his girlfriend and friends.

His mother had written the message to all her children and their partners on Facebook: “Happy New Year .. Ricky.. Randall.. Dean.. Jessie-May.. Sally-Ann.. Brad.. Roxy.. Skye.. Choppa.”

Streaky Bay District Council mayor Robert Stephens said New Year’s Eve celebrations in 2009 were in a dry zone but alcohol was permitted in a trial on Friday.

“We had a community meeting and organised so try again and see how it went,” Mr Stevens said.

“We’ve had a bit of a bad trot with a couple locals recently deceased, it doesn’t matter just because this bloke doesn’t come from here, it still affects the town. We’re a tourist town and fairly busy, you don’t want to see this happen anywhere.”

Mr Stevens said the council would debrief with police and local businesses before deciding whether to reinstate the dry zone for this year’s celebrations.

Mr Johnson’s friends and family took to Facebook to share their grief, posting on Ms Martin’s wall as well as a dedicated RIP Dean Johnson group.

“It was just Thursday we were riding and it doesn’t seem real at all, miss ya man & ride in peace, will be thinking of ya heaps!!” Ben Maule wrote.

From Nick Finn: “I love you dean! Ride in piece bro all us boys love u so much n we will take care of each other n jess for u just keep look out for us now bro x love u!”

Demi O’Hanlon said Mr Johnson would always be remembered.

“The group isn’t gonna be the same with out your cheeky smile around. You will never be replaced. There will always be a spot in each and everyone of our hearts for you. You’ll be greatly missed.”

On Ms Martin’s wall, Ellee Rook said Port Augusta would rally around Ms Martin.

“Can’t even think of what your going through to have something so precious to you leave :( just remember you have everyone in this town here to help yous through this hard time no matter how long it takes. Sorry for your loss thinking of yous xxx.”

Friends created another page, suggesting a petition to the local council to place a memorial at the local skate park in Port Augusta where Mr Johnson rode his BMX bike.

The charged man was refused police bail and held in the Ceduna lock-up.

He will appear via phone link up in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court today.

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11 thoughts on “Another kid king hit, now dead! Message of love, then heartbreak

  1. What a grub.
    I work in security & I see this sort of attitude all the time. “Yeah, [email protected] the world & all of you”. People just want to go out & cause as much harm to anybody they can for absolutely ZERO reason. Some of the crap they say while bashing these innocent people is appalling… I believe repeat serious assault offenders should get the same penalties as an attempted murder charge. After all, bashing somebody into a coma around the head IS attempted murder, its not serious assault.


  2. Got to agree with you, actually been there done that too. A long time ago, and not much has changed apart from the ferociousness and the speed in which it escalates these days.Why are our youth so damn angry? But until we really, and I mean really let the community know we as a society are fed up, and give huge sentences from the get go, what is going to change.

    Their crimes only escalate, UNTIL they are caught. And just like drugs, they probably only catch 10% of these thugs…


  3. This type of things just make me really angry and sad, I remember in the late 80s & 90s you went out and have fun with few drinks not all these type of rubbish. I truly believe that when the media start glamourtising gang related violents to a youngsters need to be accountable for something ( Underbelly TV series, Bra boys movies etc)


  4. In the 60,s & 70,s we always were in fights & the worst you got was a black eye or a fat lip ,but it was a no no to king hit like they do today I guess we were better humans or men back then


  5. this is so sad, i think that drinking and drugs are a massive part of these problems, drugs give them the power trip and mixed with drink you have a confident child who thinks they are invinceable and can take on anyone and win a fight, its stupid what makes these boys so so angry though that they just snap????? i just hope that those who are inclined to do these things think about it now…. very sad for this boys family and friends and


  6. In your article you left out the name if the accused. Is that because he is an Aboriginal? No need for ´political correctness´ here – I´d prefer the truth and the whole truth.


  7. Very sad. My son and Dean were great friends. Our whole town was shocked and in mourning. There has been anger and revenge talks amongst the kids, but we have told our lad that wont bring his mate back and the lad that did this will have to live with this for the rest of his life. The accused is apparently a really nice kid that just made a really stupid decision in the heat of the moment. I am in no way condoning this type of violence, but I think when you are up close and personal with a tragedy like this you can see it a bit clearer. Hopefully some of the kids will learn from this.


  8. Hmm, that was my brother :’( i miss you so much dean i love you with all my heart! x


  9. Not a day goes by were i dont think about you dean, i wish and dream that you would come home to me :’( i miss you so much and i just cant stop thinking about you, it doesnt feel real to me :’( i love you with all my heart you was one of a kind dean, you was my everything my big brother! i dream of the day you just come home :’( i miss you dean so much :’(


    • i know the accused and it was a pure incident, that young man also has to live with it for the rest of his life. It was a tragedy and still is. We still do not know the verdict.
      There is no point in revenge because everyone would change that night if they could – reality is we cant. It was not the only fight that happened that night – but this one had the fatal out come. I did not know the young man who died, but I did know the accused, and yes he is a beautiful young man who made a wrong decision. He also lives with these memories and criticism for the rest of his life.


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