Friday 18 April 2014

Irishman fights for his life in Australia

A Galway man is fighting for his life after an alleged assault outside a kebab shop in Australia two weeks ago.

Thomas Keaney, 23, from Ballyconneely, Co Galway, was at Euro Kebab on Aberdeen Street in Northbridge, Perth, during the early hours of December 17 when the incident took place.

Mr Keaney was standing behind a taxi when he was allegedly struck, which caused him to fall and hit his head off the kerb.

He was taken to hospital and over the following week his condition got worse.

He remains on life support at Royal Perth Hospital, local media reported.

A 22-year-old man, Abbas Al Jrood, has appeared at Perth Magistrates Court to face charges of grievous bodily harm over the incident.

Mr Al Jrood didn't apply for bail and will be held in custody until January 13. He will then appear via a video link.

It is understood that Keogh's Bar and Restaurant in Ballyconneely, Connemara, will host a fundraiser for his family later today.

Friends and family have been showing their support.

A friend tweeted: "Everyone needs to send their positive vibes to Australia for Tom Keaney, one of the kindest souls I've ever met."

Irish Independent

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