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£230,000 for Tyrone man beaten by Sydney bouncer

A backpacker from Northern Ireland who was beaten by a bouncer in Australia three years ago has been awarded more than £230,000 in compensation.

Patrick Crilly (25), from Cookstown, Co Tyrone, lost his hearing in his right ear in the unprovoked attack in Sydney.

He has also suffered balance problems and bleeding on the brain as a result of the attack on December 20 2008.

Mr Crilly, who had been living in Brisbane since the assault, sued the security company which employed the offender to work at the Moore Park View Hotel in the Sydney suburb of Waterloo. Judge Leonard Levy in the district court heard that at about 11pm on the night of the attack the security guard grabbed Mr Crilly.

He then punched him on the jaw under the chin. When he fell he hit his head on concrete losing consciousness and began vomiting.

The court heard that Mr Crilly, who was drunk at the time of the incident, was attempting to help a friend who became involved in a fight on the footpath outside the pub.

Judge Levy said Mr Crilly, a steel and metal fabricator, did nothing to provoke the assault. The bouncer was given a suspended jail term after being convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

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