Published Monday, 09 July 2012
The PSNI is using Facebook to make young men realise the danger of the attacks. (© UTV)
The PSNI said the fatal assaults have a "devastating impact" on the victims and their families, as the force re-launches a Facebook campaign to raise awareness.
Detective Chief Inspector Karen Baxter said: "The majority of these incidents are fuelled by alcohol and can have a devastating impact on the victim and their family.
"The offender will likely face a murder or manslaughter charge and have a criminal record for the rest of their life.
"This type of conviction also imposes restrictions on their ability to travel," she added.
The campaign is aimed at 18-25-year-old men and highlights the risks of getting involved in an argument or fight which could lead to serious injury or death.
DCI Baxter explained, "Raising awareness of One Punch is timely as most students and young people are now off for Summer Break, it is a busy time socially for people - our message is to enjoy their night out, but more importantly - to stay safe."