Belfast man critically injured in one punch attack says he will never return to Australia

Belfast man critically injured in \one punch\ attack says he will never return to Australia

Irish backpacker, 24, has skull crushed after one-punch assault in Sydney – but attackers walk free from c

Michael Hyndman, 24, was celebrating the new year in the early hours of January 1 with his fiancée Clar when he was struck and hit his head

An Irish backpacker who suffered catastrophic brain injuries in a one-punch attack in Sydney has spoken out about the effect it has had on his life.

Michael Hyndman, 24, was left in a coma after he was attacked in the early hours of January 1 while celebrating the new year with his fiancée, Clar.

The young couple, from Belfast, had planned to start a new life together in Sydney before their lives were changed forever.

Mr Hyndman was struck with a single punch and hit his head on the concrete, causing bleeding to the brain.

Part of his skull had to be removed, he spent weeks in hospital recovering and had to learn to walk and talk again. He required 47 stitches in his head. 

Two people, including one under the age of 18, have pleaded guilty in relation to the attack, while another adult is awaiting trial.  

Mr Hyndman, 24, was left in a coma after he was attacked in the early hours of January 1 while celebrating the new year with his fiancée, Clar

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