Saturday 24 September 2016

Australian police hunt Irishman on the run

Published 21/04/2016 | 02:30

David Mulligan: vicious attack
David Mulligan: vicious attack

Police in Australia are hunting for an Irishman who went on the run after being sentenced to prison for a vicious, unprovoked attack on a fellow dog walker in Sydney.

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New South Wales police issued a photograph of David Mulligan (33), who is wanted for revocation of parole in connection with the assault on dog-walker Karl Nissen in the Sydney suburb of Alexandria on September 11, 2014, the 'Sydney Morning Herald' reports.

Mulligan, a personal trainer, pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Nissen after the pair's dogs became entangled on a footpath.

Disturbing CCTV footage showed Mulligan repeatedly punching a man in the face during the altercation.

The vicious assault left Mr Nissen with a fractured eye socket, fractured jaw and a collapsed sinus that led to a lung infection, the local District Court heard.

Mulligan pleaded guilty to the assault and was given a 15-month suspended sentence on condition he pay Mr Nissen $15,000 AUD (€10,350) in compensation and be of good behaviour.

But the Court of Criminal Appeal overturned the sentence on April 1 saying it was "manifestly inadequate" and ordered Mulligan be sent to prison. A warrant was issued for his arrest, however police haven't been able to find him since.

Irish Independent

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