Man in court for one punch attack that left Irishman in Oz in coma
Published 10/03/2016 | 08:03
A man who left an Irish man in Australia in a coma after a one punch attack has claimed he was defending his friends.
Adrian Martinez (30) originally from Argentina was charged with causing grievous bodily harm to Jason Cierans at popular Bondi Junction in August last year.
The Argentinian claims that Mr Cierans approached his friends and assaulted one of the them before himself being punched to the ground.
Mr Cierans (30), originally from Cork was left in an induced coma after being hit by Martinez.
Police were called to the Tea Gardens Hotel on Bronte St in Sydney, Australia shortly after 1am on August, 22 where they found the Irishman unconscious with serious head injuries.
The Argentinian now faces trial in Sydney for the attack.
Sergeant Tina Xanthos told the court that, “the accused hit Mr Cierans to the face one time, causing him to fall to the ground.
“The punch caused Mr Cierans’ head to hit the pavement.
“The result was injuries amounting to grievous bodily harm,” she added.
The accused however maintains that the Cork man initially attack one of his friends which caused him to act.