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Bailed Irishwoman charged with serious assault in Australia appears in Sydney court

The alleged victim Oliver Solan’s ear was partially severed, he had several other stab wounds and his punctured spleen was later removed in surgery

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Dubliner Katie Aileen Murtagh

Dubliner Katie Aileen Murtagh

Dubliner Katie Aileen Murtagh

A young Irishwoman has appeared in a Sydney court where she was granted bail after posting a $100,000 surety that she wouldn't try to flee the country. 

Dubliner Katie Aileen Murtagh (26) and her boyfriend Patrick Earle (23), from Kilkenny, are both charged with the serious assault of Oliver Solan, (30) in an apartment on Young Street in the eastern suburb of Randwick, Sydney.

Police believe Earle and four other men, allegedly set upon Mr Solan as he lay motionless on the apartment floor.

The alleged victim Oliver Solan’s ear was partially severed, he had several other stab wounds and his punctured spleen was later removed in surgery.

Murtagh remains before the courts accused of wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, supplying drugs and dealing in proceeds of crime.

As she arrived at court with her mother on Tuesday in a fashionable leopard print fur coat and slacks an ankle monitor could be clearly seen attached to her leg.

The 26-year-old travel and tourism college student was forced to comply with the tracking device when she was released from custody. She must also be accompanied by her mother whenever she leaves home under strict bail conditions.

However, she recently successfully appealed to the court to have that order amended to allow her to attend college classes without her mum, but at all other times she must be supervised.

Police allege that Murtagh and her boyfriend Earle had been drinking in the eastern suburbs when they invited Mr Solan back to their home on August 29.

An argument broke out and Mr Solan allegedly attacked Earle, leaving him with a dislocated arm and cuts to his head.

Police allege Earle contacted his co-accused, John Dunlea, who arrived at the apartment with Patrick Farrell and Christopher Morrisson. Each of the men have since been charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

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