Haikerwal attacker won’t be deported, tribunal rules
New Zealand-born Sean Gabriel was one of a trio who battered Dr Haikerwal with a baseball bat during a robbery spree in the Melbourne suburb of Williamstown in 2008.
Mr Gabriel, along with Alfer Azzopardi and Michael Baltatzis, set upon and bashed the prominent GP so badly that his skull cracked during the assault.
Dr Haikerwal was almost killed in the attack and lost a piece of his brain. He has since made a full recovery and was last year elected for a second term as chair of the World Medical Association.
Mr Gabriel was originally sentenced to more than nine years in prison, a term reduced to seven years with a minimum of four years on appeal. He was released from jail in October 2012.
The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has since ruled that Mr Gabriel, 25, will be allowed to stay in Australia, despite the federal immigration minister, Scott Morrison, cancelling his visa in October.
After three months in immigration