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LATEST: Argentinian man due back before Sydney court over assault on Irishman

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Jason Cierans
Jason Cierans

An Argentinian man is due before a Sydney court after he was charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm to an Irishman in a one-punch attack.

Adrian Gabriel Martinez (30) appeared in Parramatta bail court in western Sydney on Sunday over the alleged assault on Jason Cierans.

The 29-year-old,from Cork, was left unconscious after 1am on Saturday morning outside the Tea Gardens pub in the eastern suburb of Bondi Junction.

He is in an induced coma in St Vincent’s hospital where he is in a critical but stable condition.

The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper is reporting police will allege Mr Cierans was initially involved in a fight with a friend of Mr Martinez, and after this ended, Mr Martinez hit Mr Cierans with a single punch to the head, causing him to fall to the footpath.

Mr Cierans suffered a serious head injury, causing a swelling of the brain.

Footage from the scene shown on local television shows Mr Cierans being treated by paramedics. It understood he has been in Australia since 2012 and works in construction.

The Tea Gardens bar is popular with the large Irish population that lives in Bondi Junction and nearby suburbs. Mr Cierans had been in the bar with friends.

One witness told reporters: “I don’t know, my friend just walked and this guy punched him – and that’s it.”

A 27-year-old man was charged with affray over the incident and was granted conditional bail to appear in Waverley local court on September 24th.

Mr Martinez was arrested outside the bar and questioned by police on Saturday before being charged.

He is due back before the courts on Thursday.