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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Irishman loses fight for life in Australia

Published 29/12/2013 | 02:05

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Thomas Keaney
The street in Perth close to where in incident took place. Photo: Google Streetview

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

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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.

It was announced this morning at mass that he passed away.

Mr Keaney lost his fight for life and his parents Thomas and Anne Keaney, travelled to  Perth  on St Stephen's Day to be with their son.

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.

During his time in Australia, Mr Keaney visited North Queensland, Brisbane and Sydney before moving to Perth where he worked in an Irish bar in Northbridge.

Friends and neighbours have organised a fundraiser for the Keaney family, which takes place in Ballyconneely tonight.

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.

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