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cowardly assault Irish killer who went on the run in Australia pleads guilty to knocking man out in pub brawl


Thug wanted: Patrick Farrell is being sought by Australian police for several attacks

Thug wanted: Patrick Farrell is being sought by Australian police for several attacks

Thug wanted: Patrick Farrell is being sought by Australian police for several attacks

A CONVICTED Irish killer who went on the run in Australia over two alleged attacks has pleaded guilty to knocking out a man in a pub.

Patrick Farrell admitted the cowardly assault this week but is still facing charges for his part in a knife attack that left a man with a punctured spleen and a severed ear.

The Kildare man hit the headlines last September when Australian cops issued a wanted notice for him over the pub attack in Sydney in November 2019.

He was also wanted for the knife attack and went on the run for three weeks before his arrest on 30 September.

News of his previous manslaughter conviction sparked an outcry over how he had been able to move to Australia after his release from prison in Ireland.

He served a three-and-a-half year sentence in April 2013 in Ireland for an assault that led to the death of student Andrew Dolan (20).

This week Farrell (29) admitted to hitting a 56-year-old man knocking him unconscious at a Matraville pub beer garden in November last year.

He entered a guilty plea yesterday to the charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm charge at Waverley Local Court in Sydney.

Video footage of the attack shows the moment a group of men gather in the bar before the victim lands on his back and a bouncer rushes to his aid.

Police allege there was an argument between Farrell and the victim before punching him unconscious.

Farrell is also accused of a role in a separate stabbing attack on another Irish man Oliver Solan (30) in an apartment block in Sydney on August 29 of this year.

Solan suffered a punctured spleen and severed ear before he was discovered in a pool of blood in the apartment corridor.

Police were still searching for Farrell in relation to the punching incident when they arrested him in his lawyer's office on September 30.

Farrell's co-accused in relation to the stabbing are Irish nationals Patrick Earle (23), John James Dunlea (27) and Katie Aileen Murtagh (26).

Farrell, Earle and Dunlea are all charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm over the alleged stabbing.

Meanwhile, Earle's girlfriend Murtagh is charged with aiding or abetting to wound a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

All four of the co-accused had their cases mentioned at Waverley Local Court yesterday day and were adjourned to January 13, 2021.

Farrell is due to be sentenced for the Matraville punching on February 3.

Earlier this year Andrew Dolan’s father told the Sunday World that he believed the Irish legal system should have stopped the killer leaving Ireland.

Joe Dolan’s remarks came after it emerged the suspended portion of Farrell’s sentence was not activated despite another conviction after his release from prison.

"I'm appalled to hear that … it adds insult to injury … it's an insult to our suffering and the memory of our son.

"If he was convicted, why wasn't he sent back to prison?" he asked

Farrell was disqualified from driving and fined €1,000 after failing to comply with direction from gardaí at Leixlip Garda Station to give a breath specimen in 2016.

Mr Dolan described as “distressing” the news when Farrell went on the run in September.

"It's very apparent no lessons have been learned and it's utterly appalling that another family and relations of people have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of these assaults."

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