‘Angry, devastated’ family wants Jack’s Law in New South Wales

The 22-year-old, who has not yet been publicly identified, was found suffering from multiple stab wounds on Ocean Parade in Coffs Harbor at around 6.50am and later died in hospital.

It is believed he was attacked during an altercation that occurred shortly after emerging from the water.

His uncle, known only as Ralph, this morning called for Jack’s Law to be extended to New South Wales to help prevent such knife crimes from happening again.

Ralph said his nephew, who worked as a bricklayer and loved surfing, was “a lovely young man”.

“He definitely had a mischievous side – he loved to laugh,” he told 2GB’s Ben Fordham this morning.

“More than anything else, he had a heart of gold, he really did. His kind and caring nature was his greatest asset.

“Right now we are devastated.”

Stabbing in Coffs Harbor on Ocean Parade
The tradie, 22, was found in a critical condition on Ocean Parade in Coffs Harbor early yesterday and later died in hospital. (Nine)

Queensland passed new laws in March last year allowing police officers to pass a detector over a person in designated public areas such as transport hubs.

They have been nicknamed Jack’s Law when Brett and Belinda Breasley campaigned for them in honor of their 17-year-old son Jack, who died on the Gold Coast in 2019.

He was found next to an orange Ford sedan and rushed to the hospital. (Nine)

“I’m angry, obviously, at this shooter, but I’m also angry at our politicians,” an emotional Ralph told Ben Fordham.

“Where have they been at Jack’s Law? How long will we have to wait here in New South Wales? This will save lives.”

“He was just coming back from the surf and he got stabbed eight times. What the hell is going on?”