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Man cleared of death of Gearóid Walsh in Sydney

Gearóid Walsh
Image caption Gearóid Walsh died in hospital four days after he was assaulted in Sydney

A man accused of killing a Dublin man after an argument outside a takeaway in Australia has been found not guilty.

Tobias Simmons, 30, from Sydney, had pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of Gearóid Walsh on the grounds of self defence.

Mr Walsh died in hospital after being punched outside a kebab shop in Sydney in 2009.

The 23-year-old had arrived in Australia just a month earlier.

Mr Walsh had been celebrating his sister's birthday with his brother Ciaran and friends on Saturday 24 October.

He was drinking before the events leading to his death, the judge was told during the trial at a Sydney court.

Mr Walsh's brother said Gearóid had left the kebab shop after exchanging words with another man about how long he was taking to pay for his food. He then returned and was punched.

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