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British soldier Kyle Harley charged over attack in Liverpool that left Cork man Stephen Donegan fighting for life

A serving British soldier has appeared in court in Liverpool charged over an attack that left a Cork man in a coma.

Kyle Harley (19) is accused of assaulting 24-year-old Stephen Donegan in Concert Square in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Mr Donegan, from in Shanballymore in Cork, is in a “critical condition” at Walton Centre NHS foundation at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital after he was found in alleyway suffering massive head injuries.

His parents and his sister have travelled to Liverpool to be at his bedside, where he has been in a medically induced coma since Monday.

He was with a stag party visiting the city for the weekend when it is believed he was attacked near The Walkabout bar in the city centre.

Emergency services were called to the scene at approximately 2:20am.

Mr Harley was charged on Monday after he handed himself over to Merseyside police.

Wearing a blue duffle coat, he entered no plea to the charge of causing grievous bodily harm, speaking only to confirm his name and address.

He was realised on conditional bail and must reside at either his mother’s address in Tranmere or at his army barracks in Salisbury.

The case was sent to the crown court for a hearing on 23 March.

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