THE Ryan family from Ballydavis, The Heath, are still in shock over the news that Liam Ryan (29) was left in intensive care after being attacked in Australia.
One of eight children from a farming family, Liam headed out to Brisbane three weeks ago to look for work. The attack happened last Wednesday morning on the street, when he was punched in the mouth. He then fell and banged his head against a pavement, leaving him unconscious for some days in intensive care at the Royal Brisbane Hospital.
The family received a call from police in Brisbane to inform them of the incident.
Liam’s sister Noreen spoke of their shock. “It was terrible. We were all shocked. We have no idea what happened,” She confirmed that her brother is now out of intensive care, and is awake and talking. “He’s doing well at the moment. Our brother James is flying out, and Liam’s girlfriend Jenny too,” she said.
A 19-year-old Brisbane man, Manaia Freeman Ramea, has appeared in court on a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm, regarding the incident. The cass was adjourned until July 8. and Mr Ramea was remanded in custody. A police spokeswoman said the charge may be upgraded or amended depending on how Mr Ryan’s condition progresses.
Detective Inspector Tony Duncan told a Brisbane newspaper the attack was random.
“There’s no indication there was any reason for the assault, it was just unprovoked or someone looking for a fight,” he said.