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Katie Aileen Murtagh and her boyfriend Patrick Earle are both charged with the serious assault of Oliver Solan

Katie Aileen Murtagh and her boyfriend Patrick Earle are both charged with the serious assault of Oliver Solan

Katie Aileen Murtagh and her boyfriend Patrick Earle are both charged with the serious assault of Oliver Solan

An Irish couple have been charged with stabbing a man in Australia on Saturday night, leaving him with a partially severed ear.

Dubliner Katie Aileen Murtagh (26) and her boyfriend Patrick Earle (23), from Kilkenny, are both charged with the serious assault of Oliver Solan, (30) in an apartment on Young Street in the eastern suburb of Randwick, Sydney.

Four other Irish men, believed to have been involved in the alleged assault, are central to the New South Wales police inquiry.

Police believe Earle and four other men, allegedly set upon Mr Solan as he lay motionless on the apartment floor.

Spleen

In a statement, they said a knife was used to sever part of his ear and inflict head wounds.

Mr Solan was also left with a ruptured spleen during the incident which took place at around 8.40pm.

Officers from Eastern Beaches Police Area Command attended the scene and found Mr Solan suffering with stab wounds.

He was treated by paramedics and taken to St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney where he has undergone surgery.

The victim remains in a serious but stable condition.

According to a NSW police statement, a second man, aged 23, was found nearby in Botany Street with an arm injury and was taken to Prince of Wales Hospital for treatment.

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Katie Aileen Murtagh and her boyfriend Patrick Earle are both charged with the serious assault of Oliver Solan

Katie Aileen Murtagh and her boyfriend Patrick Earle are both charged with the serious assault of Oliver Solan

Katie Aileen Murtagh and her boyfriend Patrick Earle are both charged with the serious assault of Oliver Solan

Earle and the victim, who are known to each other - were allegedly involved in a physical altercation following an argument, before the older man was allegedly stabbed.

The accused was taken into custody from Prince of Wales Hospital where he was treated for an injury to his arm.

"A crime scene was established with detectives commencing the investigation," added the police statement.

Following inquiries, Murtagh was arrested at the apartment and taken to Maroubra Police Station, along with the younger man after he was discharged from hospital.

The couple have been refused bail by Waverley Local Court and will remain in custody until October 27.

The court was told that Earle is facing a maximum of 25 years in prison if convicted, with a standard non-parole period of seven years.

Police allege that Murtagh was aware of what would happen when she invited and let her boyfriend's group of friends inside their apartment.

According to Australian media reports, when Murtagh's boyfriend and the four men fled, CCTV footage allegedly shows her dragging Mr Solan's body into the hall.

Concerned neighbours called police when they discovered Mr Solan.

Hunt

As Mr Solan was being attended to by paramedics, police scoured the area hunting for Earle, Murtagh and the other alleged assailants.

Police are still looking for at least four other men they believe were involved in the alleged attack but it is understood they know their identity.

In a statement police said: "Following inquiries, police have obtained images of four men who they believe might be able to assist with the investigation. Detectives believe all four men are Irish nationals."