Twenty five year old Patrick Crilly, an Irish backpacker who was beaten by a bouncer in Australia three years ago has been awarded more than $363,000 in compensation.
Crilly, from Cookstown County Tyrone, lost the hearing in his right ear after the unprovoked attack in Sydney on December 20 2008. Since the attack Crilly has also suffered balance problems and bleeding on the brain.
According to a report in the Belfast Telegraph Crilly, who has been living in Brisbane since the assault, sued the security company which employed the bouncer who worked at the Moore Park View Hotel in the Sydney suburb of Waterloo.
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The district court heard that at about 11PM on the night of the attack the security guard grabbed Crilly, punching him on the jaw under the chin. When Crilly fell he hit his head on the concrete pavement losing consciousness and beginning to vomit.
Crilly was drunk at the time of the incident, and had been attempting to help a friend who became involved in a fight on the footpath outside the pub.
The court ruled that Crilly, who is employed as a metal worker, did nothing to provoke the assault. The hotel bouncer was given a suspended jail term after being convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.