Man faces court over attack on Cork man in Australia

Man faces court over attack on Cork man in Australia

A man arrested in Darwin in connection with an attack on Cork man David Keohane will appear in court early tomorrow morning.

New Zealander Kane Desmond Tupuolamoui, aged 21, was arrested in Darwin yesterday and brought before a local court early today, where his extradition to Sydney was approved by a magistrate.

He was flown to Sydney this afternoon, Irish time, and was due before a local court early tomorrow, Irish time.

According to New South Wales police, he will be charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent to murder David Keohane at Coogee, Sydney, at about 3am on August 9, 2008.

The 30-year-old from Ballyvolane is currently wheelchair-bound after receiving head injuries in the incident.

He returned home to Cork a month after the attack but remained in a coma until the following March.

In March of this year, one of his attackers, Thomas Isaako, was sentenced to a minimum of 14 years for robbery and inflicting grievous bodily harm.

After his sentencing, police issued an appeal for information about the whereabouts of Tupuolamoui.

Eastern Beaches Local Area Commander, Superintendent Gavin Dengate, said a tip-off led to the arrest in Darwin yesterday.

He said: “We received information from members of the public which assisted us in finding this man and I would like to extend my thanks to the community for their help.”

Last October, 19-year-old Chantel Taia was given a suspended nine-month jail sentence for concealing an offence and hindering police in their investigation into the Keohane attack.

She pleaded guilty in court to the charge.

This story courtesy of the Evening Echo


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