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Injured Irish tourist off life support after Canberra assault

Timothy McCarthy, a 41-year-old from Kerry, has been taken off life support as his condition slowly improves.

THE IRISHMAN WHO was left in intensive care after being viciously assaulted in the Australian capital of Canberra has been taken off life support as his condition slowly improves.

Timothy McCarthy, 41, from Spa in Co Kerry, was left fighting for his life after being attacked in the early hours of Sunday 24 July in the Civic area of the capital.

He was found unconscious on a footpath outside a convenience store and immediately underwent emergency surgery to relieve cerebral haemorrhaging.

The Canberra Times said McCarthy had been taken off life support and was sitting up in his hospital bed, but that it was not clear whether he had sustained any lasting brain damage.

It added that his mother and sister had travelled from Co Kerry to be with him as he begins his recovery.

An 18-year-old local has been charged with assault causing grievous bodily harm, but has been released on bail pending visits to a police station twice a day.

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