Tourist attack: man charged

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AN 18-year-old man has been charged following the attack of a 41-year-old Irish tourist in Civic on Sunday morning.

Police said detectives searched a Franklin residence last night and seized a number of items as evidence.

They said the alleged offender, who was also at the house, was taken into custody and will face the ACT Magistrates Court today.

The offender was charged with intentionally inflicting grievous bodily harm, after he allegedly struck the tourist in the face at around 5.30am on the corner of Northbourne Avenue and Alinga Street.

The strike caused the victim to fall to the ground and lose consciousness with a severe head injury.

Police said the victim remains in a critical condition in the Canberra Hospital.

Police are appealing to witnesses of the attack, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.

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