Aussi thug who killed Irishman in one-punch attack jailed for nine years

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Thomas Keaney
Thomas Keaney

Australian Abbas Yahya Al Jrood was today jailed for nine years for killing 23-year-old Thomas Keaney.

Keaney, from Ballyconneely, Co Galway, died following a one punch attack in 2013.

The court heard that that the fight broke out after a chair was taken from Abbas Yahya Al Jrood and used people in Keaney’s group outside Euro Kebabs.

Abbas Yahya Al Jrood 

Keaney fell backwards after the punch and hit his head on the ground, causing a severe brain injury, he died ten-days later in a Perth hospital. 

Handing down the sentence, Justice Ralph Simmonds described the attack as "unprovoked, unexpected, sudden and forceful", on a victim who was "vulnerable" due to his intoxication.

Justice Simmonds accepted that the punch was "impulsive and spur of the moment," but said the fact that Al Jrood did not stop to assist Mr Keaney when he fell to the ground was an aggravating factor.

Mr Keaney's family were in Perth during the trial and listened to the sentencing via video link.

The court heard Al Jrood would be eligible for parole in seven years.