Irish couple charged over stabbing attack in Sydney’s east that left a man missing chunk of his ear

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Horror stabbing attack leaves man stranded inside a Sydney’s east apartment block with a severed ear and wounds to his head and body – as Irish couple, aged 23 and 26 are charged

  • Oliver Solan, 30, was found by neighbours at a unit block with serious injuries
  • He had stab wounds to his body and face as well as a partially severed ear 
  • Police allege Patrick Earle, 23, and Mr Solan had a fight before more men arrived 
  • Earle charged with wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm
  • Girlfriend Katie Murtaugh, 26, hid in a bedrooms as the alleged fight ensued
  • She was charged with aiding and abetting to wound a person and refused bail

A young Irish couple have been charged over the alleged stabbing of a man that left him stranded in a unit block hallway with a partially severed ear.

Neighbours found victim Oliver Solan, 30, barely conscious in a hallway at a Young Street apartment block in Randwick, in Sydney’s east, about 8.40pm on Sunday.

Police allege 23-year-old Patrick Earle got into an argument with Mr Solan at the unit before text messages were sent to another group of men.

The men arrived and Earle’s girlfriend, 26-year-old Katie Murtagh, originally from Dublin, let them in before going to hide in a bedroom, it is alleged.  

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Young Irish couple Katie Murtagh and Patrick Earle (pictured together) have been charged over the alleged stabbing of a man that left him stranded in a unit block hallway with a partially severed ear

Neighbours found victim Oliver Solan, 30, barely conscious in a hallway at a Young Street apartment block in Randwick, in Sydney's east, about 8.40pm on Sunday

Neighbours found victim Oliver Solan, 30, barely conscious in a hallway at a Young Street apartment block in Randwick, in Sydney’s east, about 8.40pm on Sunday

Earle's girlfriend, 26-year-old Katie Murtagh, let them in before going to hide in a bedroom as the alleged fight ensued

Earle’s girlfriend, 26-year-old Katie Murtagh, let them in before going to hide in a bedroom as the alleged fight ensued

When they arrived Mr Solan was allegedly stabbed multiple times and a part of his ear had been severed off in the fight.

Distressed neighbours called police, who found Mr Solan with multiple stab wounds to his head and body and a chunk of his ear missing.

Paramedics rushed the 30-year-old to St Vincent’s Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and remains in a serious but stable condition. 

Police body cam footage shows the moment officers scoured the apartment block looking for the suspects. 

The clip showed blood splattered walls and him lying slumped in a corridor before he was taken out on a stretcher. 

Video shows police running through nearby streets and jumping fences in the desperate search for the people involved. 

A crime scene was established and police found Earle at nearby Botany Street with an arm injury, 9News reported. 

Footage shows Earle being handcuffed and put into the back of a police van.

Patrick Earle, 23

Katie Murtagh, 26

Murtagh and Earle are seen lounging at waterfalls and going on hikes exploring nature surrounding the harbour city together

Police were called to the unit on Young St in Randwick on Sunday night after reports of a stabbing

Police were called to the unit on Young St in Randwick on Sunday night after reports of a stabbing

He was taken to Prince of Wales Hospital for treatment for his injury before he was charged with wounding a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

His girlfriend faced Waverley Local Court on Sunday where the court heard she thought the group of men arrived to the unit to have a chat.

But police allege Murtagh was completely aware of what the men planned to do when she let them inside.  

She was arrested at the unit a short time later and charged with aiding and abetting to wound a person.

Other images show the couple dressed up with friends and going to festivals while living in Sydney

Other images show the couple dressed up with friends and going to festivals while living in Sydney

Photos on social media photos show the loved-up Irish couple living it up while in Sydney

Photos on social media photos show the loved-up Irish couple living it up while in Sydney

The couple were both refused bail with Earle due to appear at Waverley Local Court on Monday and Murtagh at a later date.

Photos on social media photos show the loved-up Irish couple living it up while in Sydney.

Murtagh and Earle are seen lounging at waterfalls and going on hikes exploring nature surrounding the harbour city together.

Other images show the couple dressed up with friends and going to festivals.

NSW Police are still looking for at least four other men involved in the alleged incident, but claim they know who they are.    

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