The mother of a Cork man left in a critical condition after he was assaulted says she wants her son back in her arms.
Jason Cierans, 29, has been in St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney since he was allegedly attacked by two men in Bondi Junction in the early hours of Saturday.
With her husband Declan and other family at her side, Jason’s mother Stephanie spoke to reporters.
“I need him to get well and come home to me,” she said. “I want him back in my arms. I want to kiss and hug him.”
Two men have been charged over the alleged assault. Argentinian national Adrian Martinez, 30, was charged with causing grievous bodily harm.
He appeared in Sydney’s central local court on Thursday and was granted bail. He is due to return to Waverley local court on October 22.
The other man, a 27-year-old, has been charged with affray. He was granted bail and will face Waverley local court next month.
Ms Cierans said Jason was a loving, funny, happy-go-lucky man.
She said he has been in Australia for six years and has never missed a day of work at his construction job.
Her son’s Australian friends had become like family to him, and he thought of Sydney as home and Ireland as a holiday, she said.
“I can’t be any prouder of my son. Any parent whose son or daughter lives abroad has this fear when the door knocks late at night,” she said.
“Our world turned upside down on Friday night.”
Jason remains in an induced coma in a critical but stable condition.