Thursday 18 January 2018

Mikey row: Man gets brain injury

Boyzone star preparing to fly back from Spain to deal with fallout from confrontation at home

Mikey Graham, with his wife Karen Corradi and daughters Sienna
Nicole, left, and Hannah
Mikey Graham, with his wife Karen Corradi and daughters Sienna Nicole, left, and Hannah

NIAMH HORAN Entertainment News Reporter

THE man confronted by Boyzone star Mikey Graham at his home was hit so hard that he was left with "brain swelling", doctors have said.

Paul O'Hara, 22, who gave a statement to gardai at his home last night, was told on Friday he was "extremely lucky" that his injuries weren't worse as he had suffered a "very intense" head injury at the hands of the troubled Boyzone singer.

Mikey Graham told close friends that he was preparing to jet home from Spain later this week to deal with the fallout from the violent incident at his home.

Doctors at Beaumont Hospital spent six days treating the victim in intensive care after he was left with head injuries from the bust-up at Mr Graham's €1m mansion 'Avalon' at Courtlough, Balrothery, north Co Dublin.

As a source explained: "Before he was released late on Friday afternoon, Mr O'Hara was told by medical staff at the St Luke's unit of Beaumount Hospital that he had suffered generalised swelling of the brain.

"He was told that he was extremely lucky not to have been left needing an operation or intensive physiotherapy," the source said.

The well-placed sourced continued: "He was assessed and it was found that he had generalised swelling of the brain.

"He still may need treatment in the future and his family has been told to keep a close eye on him while he gets rest and recovers from the incident."

Flanked by his mother and other family members at his bedside, Mr O'Hara was left shaken and pale following the incident. But he was sitting up and talking to doctors by last Friday afternoon.

He is now at home in north Dublin, recovering from the encounter.

Meanwhile, Graham is staying at his holiday home in Nerja, Spain, a sleepy fishing village on the seashore about 50km from Malaga, on the eastern tip of Malaga's Costa del Sol.

He flew out of Ireland "on business" following the incident and friends say he will fly home later this week to deal with the fallout from the altercation.

"He (Graham) says he was absolutely terrified," explained a friend of the stars.

"He was frightened for his own safety and for that of his family. He just wanted to protect his home.

"He thought they (the men) could have been armed and felt he had to take action to protect his family."

Sources say the Boyzone singer was at home on the night when he heard his intercom, which is connected to his front gate, buzzing incessantly.

He reportedly left the house through the back door of the property, carrying a cricket bat.

A source close to the star says the singer "crouched down behind the wall" and when the intercom was pressed again, he allegedly stood up and swung the bat.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning, last weekend. Gardai are now trying to piece together the full circumstances of what unfolded.

The incident is believed to be linked to an earlier confrontation in the Man O' War pub two weeks ago when a man -- not Mr O'Hara -- is alleged to have punched the Boyzone singer.

The pop star was not seriously injured in the incident and left the bar straight away. He decided against pursuing the matter.

Mr Graham's wife, Karen Corradi, and the couple's daughter Sienna (5) were in the house at the time of the incident.

The singer came to prominence in the 1990s as one of the members of Boyzone. He has also worked in film, panto and TV, including an appearance on Dancing On Ice.

Sunday Independent

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