Charge 'likely to be upgraded' in Australia death case

Thomas Keaney (Picture via Facebook)

Police in Australia have indicated that charges in relation to the death of a Galway man in Perth may be stepped up.

Abbas Al Jrood, aged 22, has appeared before Perth Magistrates Court accused of grievous bodily harm, after an alleged assault on Thomas Keaney from Ballyconneely left him fighting for his life.

The incident happened in the early hours of the morning of December 17 outside a kebab shop in the Northbridge area of the city.

Mr Keaney died in hospital over the weekend.

Jonathan Morrell, a reporter with Seven News in Perth, says it now seems likely the man in custody may be charged with a more serious offence.

"Police have said in a statement that the 22-year-old, who is from a district called Girrawheen in Perth, who is already in custody and has appeared in court - that charge of grevious bodily harm could be upgraded," Mr Morrell said.

"And that was said on Saturday, before Thomas' death - so it would seem likely now that this will happen."

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