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Irish backpacker David's attacker jailed for 14 years

A MAN has been sentenced to 14 years for the attack that left Irish backpacker David Keohane with permanent brain damage.

Mr Keohane (29) spent 218 days in a coma and will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair as a result of the unprovoked Sydney assault in August 2008.

Thomas Isaako (21) from Bankstown in west Sydney was sentenced to 19 years in jail with a non-parole period of 14 after a judge said the case was one of the worst he had ever come across.

Mr Keohane welcomed the outcome as a "good result".

In March, the Keohane family were devastated after Isaako was acquitted of attempted murder.

But today District Court Judge Ronald Soloman made an unusually strong statement for a robbery conviction, saying Keohane's injuries could only be described as horrendous.

"The injuries suffered by the victim are more serious than almost any case of robbery," he said.

"The savage attack in a matter of moments tragically changed the course of the victim's life from that of a successful, independent young man to that of a dependent person confined to a wheelchair."