Hung assaulted Todd Parnell, 23, in July 2009 on Bribie Island. Parnell was a junior Broncos player who died a day after Hung attacked him. Hung has previously been found guilty of the same offence but his lawyers managed to appeal for a retrial. Reportedly, Hung has already served 12 months of jail-time for assaulting another man while on bail for manslaughter.
On the other hand, Hung’s barrister James Godbolt claimed that his client has suffered from critical depression and anxiety. He said Hung has regretted the outcome of a punch, which he never expected would kill a man. Judge John Byrne remained untouched by Godbolt’s statements. He told the barrister that it is difficult to believe that Hung regrets his actions as he had committed a similar crime while on bail. He said the civilized community does not tolerate such ‘sickening, lethal violence.’