Friday 21 September 2018

Man guilty of killing Irishman in one-punch assault in Perth


A man has been found guilty in Australia of the manslaughter of Irishman Thomas Keaney, who died after a one-punch assault.

Abbas Al Jrood (23) was accused of unlawfully killing Galway native Mr Keaney (23) outside a kebab shop in Perth on December 17, 2013.

At his trial the supreme court heard Al Jrood punched Mr Keaney in the back of the head after an argument about a chair, causing him to fall backwards and hit his head on the footpath.

The fall resulted in a severe brain injury which caused the death of Keaney 10 days later.

He had initially been conscious after the attack and even spoke to his family by phone, but his condition then deteriorated.

His worried parents Ann and Tom had to wait until St Stephen's Day before they could get a flight to Perth. His friends had kept a vigil by his bedside, taking it in turns to stay with him until his parents arrived.


Al Jrood had claimed Keaney's death was a tragic accident, and said he had only pushed him using a technique he had learned as part of his security officer training.

The jury deliberated for about four-and-a-half hours before finding him guilty of manslaughter.

Members of Mr Keaney's family were in Perth for the trial.

After the verdict his sister Lauren called for an end to one-punch attacks.

"The coward's punch has shattered our lives and we ask everyone to realise the risk in partaking in such actions," she said.

"We would never want anyone to go through this type of loss."

She described her brother as a "great man" who was carving out a future for himself in Australia.

"This is such a senseless act and I'm sure it has had a devastating effect on Al Jrood's family as well," Lauren said.

Al Jrood was remanded in custody for a sentencing hearing on July 20.

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