Tuesday 24 April 2018

Man charged over assault on Irish man which left him requiring emergency surgery in Sydney

Jason Ceirans
Pic: Facebook
Jason Ceirans Pic: Facebook

Shane O'Riordan

An Argentinian man has been charged with recklessly causing grievously bodily harm to a young Irish man in Sydney.

Jason Cierans (29) from Cork, is fighting for his life after he was allegedly punched to the ground by Adrian Gabriel Martinez (30) outside the Tea Gardens pub in Bondi Junction at 1am on Saturday morning, in what is believed to be a ‘one punch’ attack.

It is understood the incident happened after a row over jumping a queue.

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Mr Martinez appeared in front of Parramatta bail court in Sydney on Sunday via video link but was automatically refused bail by magistrate John McIntosh.

Another 27-year-old man involved in the incident has been charged with affray and was granted conditional bail to appear in Waverley local court on September 24.

In footage shown on Australian news TV, paramedics can be seen treating the victim on Bronte Road in the Bondi Junction area of the city.

Since the attack Mr Cierans has been placed in a medically induced coma at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney and has reportedly undergone surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.

His parents are making their way to Australia to be at his side, the Irish Independent understands.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that the department is providing consular assistance to an Irish citizen injured in Sydney.

It comes after another Irishman, Patrick Lyttle, received treatment at the same hospital for a one punch assault by his brother Barry in January.

The brothers returned to Antrim, in April after Barry was handed a 13-month suspended sentence for the assault which left his brother in a coma for over a week.

Patrick has said he wants the charges against his brother to be dropped.

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