Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Irish backpacker dies after assault in Australia

A 23-year-old Irish backpacker died in an Australian hospital last night following a vicious assault over the weekend.

Gearoid Walsh from Dublin suffered serious head injuries when he was attacked outside a fast food outlet in Sydney on Sunday and had been on life support ever since.

New South Wales Police last night confirmed to the Irish Independent Mr Walsh had “passed away overnight”.

He had been in Australia for just one month when he was involved in a violent altercation with an unknown man.

He had been drinking in a number of hotels in the area when he went into a take-away shop with his brother.

It was here that he became involved in the argument with the unidentified man.

Police arrived in Arden Street late on Sunday night to find Mr Walsh in cardiac arrest after he had stopped breathing.

Now police have released CCTV footage of a man they want to speak to in relation to the assault.

They are expected to await the results of a post-mortem examination before deciding whether to upgrade their investigation to manslaughter.

Mr Walsh's mother had rushed to Sydney to be at her son's bedside in the Prince of Wales hospital.

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