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Sunday 20 April 2014

Man who stabbed friend facing deportation from Australia

AN Irish man who stabbed a friend in the heart is facing deportation from Australia when he is released from custody.

Paul Anthony Fox (24) pleaded guilty to intentionally causing serious harm to Tyrone man Robert Emmet Corrigan during an incident on April 8.

A court in Australia has heard that Mr Fox had applied for permanent residency but has now has had his visa cancelled.

He will be deported from Australia immediately after his release from custody.

The court heard that Mr Corrigan would have died but for the intervention of the emergency services.

In a victim impact statement, the young man said that he now has to consume painkillers regularly and is financially broke.

He added that he has lost the physical strength for his job as a concreter and cannot take part in pastimes such as swimming.

"I used to be a topless barman, but now because of my scarring I don't think I can pursue that line of work," he said.

"I am now more wary of people and aware how things can change in an instant."

The court heard the friends were involved in a confrontation in Hindley Street in Adelaide's city centre earlier on the night of the attack.

Fox, who has no previous convictions and is a talented GAA player, is due to be sentenced next week.

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