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Canberra Irish assault victim improving

Killarney man Timothy McCarthy has recognised family members, said the ACT police.

A Kerryman allegedly assaulted in Canberra 12 days ago is continuing to improve.

He is breathing without life support and police have said that he has been able to recognise his mother and sister at his bedside.

Timothy McCarthy, 41, from Killarney, suffered cerebral damage when he was assaulted and hit in the head in the Civic area of Canberra in the early hours of Sunday, July 24.

He is able to sit upright in bed but remains in the intensive care unit,  according to a spokesperson for The Canberra Hospital (TCH). His condition is still classified as ‘stable’, the spokesperson said.

The morning of the alleged attack, Mr McCarthy was found lying on the ground unconscious with what police later described as ‘fairly severe cerebral damage’.

Security staff from a nearby nightclub attended to him until police arrived and he could be rushed to TCH by ACT Ambulance Service.

Mr McCarthy underwent emergency surgery that day and had been on life support since.

:: Court proceedings

An 18-year-old Canberra student Daniel Byrne is charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm after allegedly knocking Mr McCarthy unconscious with a single blow.

Police allege that around 5.30am on the corner of Northbourne Avenue and Alinga Street in Civic, Mr Byrne struck Timothy McCarthy with an elbow, causing him to fall to the ground unconscious.

On Friday July 29, Mr Byrne pleaded not guilty before ACT Magistrates Court and was granted conditional bail on a self-surety of $10,000, with a family member posting an additional surety of $12,000.

Eight strict conditions were attached to the bail. He is to report to police twice a day, is barred from contacting a number of individuals, and is compelled to reside within the suburb of Franklin. He is also barred from visiting Civic and other Canberra suburbs.

He is also to observe a curfew between the hours of 8pm and 7am, under the supervision of one of two individuals, and is to surrender his passport while remaining within the ACT.

He faces court again in October.

The Embassy of Ireland in Canberra has been providing consular assistance to the McCarthy family.

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