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Irishman's ear bitten off in St Patrick's Day attack in Perth

Police have released CCTV footage of the three alleged attackers, one of whom was wearing a Celtic jersey.

POLICE IN AUSTRALIA are appealing for information about a vicious St Patrick’s Day attack in which an Irishman had his ear bitten off.

The unprovoked attack took place outside the Subiaco Hotel in Perth, where the victim, Dean Mac Siomoin, was trying to hail a taxi at about 12.45am.

The 34-year-old – who has been living in Perth for five years – was standing with two women, waiting for a taxi, when the attack occurred.

Local reports suggest that the three attackers had been ejected from the hotel, and overheard a comment about their behaviour as they passed. They assaulted Mac Siomoin, punching and kicking him, before one of them bit off a chunk of cartilage from his ear.

Police have released CCTV footage of the three alleged attackers.

The man thought to be responsible for biting Mac Siomoin’s ear is aged between 40 and 45, while the two other attackers are between 20 and 25. One of them was wearing a Celtic jersey. At least one of the two younger men is thought to be the son of the elder man.

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Some reports suggest the attackers may also have been Irish.

An Australian news programme recently came under criticism from the Irish community in Australia after it broadcast a report showcasing the misbehaviour of the drunken Irish in Sydney.

For more information read this story in the West Australian >

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