Sunday 17 November 2019

British soldier (19) in court over violent assault on Cork man

The scene outside the bar, inset, Stevie Donegan
The scene outside the bar, inset, Stevie Donegan
The police outside the Walkabout bar in Liverpool bar
Steven 'Stevie' Donegan (24) from Shanballymore, Co Cork News Desk

A British soldier has appeared in court charged over an attack that left a Cork man in a coma.

Kyle Harley (19) is accused of assaulting 24-year-old Stephen Donegan in Concert Square in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Mr Donegan, from in Shanballymore in Cork, is in a “critical condition” at Walton neurological hospital after he was found in alleyway suffering massive head injuries.

His parents and his sister have travelled to Liverpool to be at his bedside, where he has been in a medically induced coma since Monday.

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He was with a stag party visiting the city for the weekend when it is believed he was attacked near The Walkabout bar in the city centre.

Emergency services were called to the scene at approximately 2:20am.

Mr Harley, a serving British soldier, was charged on Monday after he handed himself over to Merseyside police.

Wearing a blue duffle coat, the teenager entered no plea to the charge of causing grievous bodily harm, speaking only to confirm his name and address.

He was realised on conditional bail and must reside at either his mother’s address in Tranmere or at his army barracks in Salisbury.

The case was sent to the crown court for a hearing on 23 March.

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