Couple accused of vicious knife attack severing victim’s ear in ‘brawl with four men’

Patrick Earle, 23, and partner Katie Murtagh, 26, originally from Kilkenny and Dublin, appeared in court on Monday following a vicious attack in their apartment building in Sydney, Australia

    An Irish man could face up to 25 years in prison after being accused of a vicious attack in Australia which left the victim with stab wounds to his head and body.

    Oliver Solan, 30, was also left with a partially severed ear and remains in a serious but stable condition following surgery.

    He was found by neighbours slumped in an apartment hallway following the attack in Sydney, New South Wales, on Saturday night.

    Police and paramedics descended on Young Street in Randwick on the city's east side following the incident just before 9pm local time.

    Patrick Earle, 23, and partner Katie Murtagh, 26, originally from Kilkenny and Dublin, were arrested and appeared in court on Monday having been refused bail.

    Katie Murtagh, 26, and her 23-year-old Irish partner Patrick Earle
    (Image: Irish Mirror)

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    Earle faces charges of wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, and Murtagh aiding and abetting to wound a person.

    New South Wales Police allege a fight broke out after four men were called to the scene via text message during an altercation between Earle and the victim.

    Earle was arrested before being treated at hospital for an arm injury

    Earle and Murtagh were found soon after police arrived at the scene
    (Image: Irish Mirror)

    Daily Mail Australia reports the accused pair had been out drinking with Mr Solan at a nearby pub earlier that night before returning to the couple's apartment.

    They were arrested soon after officers arrived at the scene, but the four others – all believed to be also Irish – remain at large.

    Bodycam video shows a shirtless Earle was handcuffed before he was then taken by ambulance to Prince of Wales Hospital with an arm injury.

    The victim was found bleeding in an apartment hallway by neighbours
    (Image: Irish Mirror)

    He appeared in court via video link wearing a hospital gown with a bandage around his head.

    It was alleged at the hearing Murtagh had let the gang into the flat and then hid in a bedroom.

    The pair are next in court on October 27.


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