AN Irish 'Good Samaritan' faces deportation from Australia after coming to the aid of a woman who was being beaten up.
The distraught Australian fiancee of the 35-year-old Irishman says the authorities learned he was living in Sydney illegally after he contacted police to report the assault on the woman.
The Irish man was himself severely beaten during the incident, receiving fractures to the cheekbone, nose and eye socket. He is currently being held in a detention centre pending the completion of paperwork and authorities say he will be sent back to Ireland.
The man's fiancee explained how he had been on the phone to her as he made his way down Dean Street in the Albury district of the city in the early hours of Thursday after a night out.
"He saw a girl being beaten – she was on the ground being beaten. He went to stop it from happening," she said.
After being beaten himself, he rang his girlfriend asking for help.
She found him about 10 metres from their home in Albury, lying injured on the ground with the phone in his hand.
He was treated in hospital and afterwards went to the local police station to make a statement.
The man's fiancee has told newspapers in Australia how she has been unable to sleep since the incident last Thursday.
"He's stuck up for a woman being beaten and he was seriously beaten and now he's in detention," she said. Describing him as a "gentleman", she said: "He's a kind person, he's not been a drain on society at all."
She now plans to follow him to Ireland if he is deported.
The pair became engaged last Christmas and had been due to marry shortly.
They have been together for over four years, having first met when the Irishman had been backpacking through Australia in 2008.