Friday 9 December 2016

Irishman convicted of violent attack in Australia on the run

Police issue warrant for David Mulligan who was convicted of violent attack on dog walker in Sydney

Published 20/04/2016 | 23:50

CCTV footage of the attack (featured on Australia's Channel Seven). Inset: David Mulligan
CCTV footage of the attack (featured on Australia's Channel Seven). Inset: David Mulligan

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 mug shot 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.

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

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

The vicious assault left Mr Nissen, who is almost 60 years old, with a fractured eye socket, fractured jaw and a collapsed sinus that led to a lung infection, the local District Court heard.

Mr 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 Australian Court of Criminal Appeal overturned the sentence on April 1 arguing it was “manifestly inadequate” and ordered Mr Mulligan be sent to prison.

But he hasn’t been seen since. Police have shared a photograph of Mr Mulligan on social media and have asked anyone with possible sightings to contact them.

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