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23-year-old Irish man dies after assault in Australia

Thomas Keaney who was originally from Galway was punched once in the head during a confrontation with a group of men twelve days ago.

Tom Keaney
Tom Keaney
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Updated 7.52pm

A 23-YEAR-OLD Irish man has died in Australia, twelve days after he sustained a head injury during a late-night assault.

Thomas Keaney, who was originally from Galway, died at Royal Perth Hospital during the night after the life support machine which had been keeping him alive was switched off.

His parents had travelled to be with him on 26 December after his condition deteriorated significantly.

The 23-year-old was outside a kebab shop with friends at 2am on 17 December when a confrontation took place with a group of men.  Western Australia Police say he was punched once in the head and fell to the ground, hitting his head on the pavement.

A 22-year-old man appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday to face charges of grievous bodily harm in connection with the incident. He was remanded in custody until 13 January.

Thomas Keaney had been working at an Irish bar in Northbridge, a suburb of Perth.

People have been using social media to pay tribute to the 23-year-old, with one writing: “Another young life taken away. May you rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers with your family at this sad time”. “The world’s lost a good man today,” another person wrote on Facebook.

Originally published 3.15pm

Previously: Irishman in critical condition after assault in Australia >

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