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Monday 27 March 2017

Woman charged with fiance's murder is too upset for court date

Tina Cahill with fiance David Walsh
Tina Cahill with fiance David Walsh

A Wexford woman was said to be "too distressed" to appear before an Australian court yesterday after being charged with her fiance's murder.

Tina Cahill (25), from New Ross, was too upset according to her lawyer to appear via video link at a Sydney court hearing charged with the murder of boyfriend David Walsh (29).

She was further remanded in custody and is due to appear before Burwood local court on Wednesday.

It is understood Mr Walsh, from Enniscorthy, moved to Australia following the break-up of his marriage last year.

He met Ms Cahill and they got engaged at New Year and had been living together in the Padstow area of the city.

Statement

Mr Walsh played football for Enniscorthy United before he left for Australia and a spokesperson for the club released a statement on Facebook on Saturday.

It read: "Only back from Dublin and just heard the terrible news of our former player David (Mocha) Walsh's passing.

"As with some of our players, I played with David and he also played for me.

"A good player who always gave his best and when I managed him was always respectful, hard-working and good to be around.

"Really shocking that someone so young should be taken."

Mr Walsh was known for carrying out free building work for needy people in Enniscorthy, Independent Councillor John O'Rourke, a friend of the Walsh family, said.

Ms Cahill's family are well known and respected in New Ross where she grew up above the family-owned shop near the Three Bullets Gate in the old town.

She was described by neighbours on Saturday as "a lovely, lovely girl".

The neighbour added: "The Cahills are the finest people you could meet. No one can understand one bit of this. Tina was a good student at school and, I understand, very successful at whatever she worked at. There's total shock here."

Hours before the incident took place Ms Cahill had posted a picture on Facebook of her and her friends enjoying themselves on an evening out.

Sydney police charged Ms Cahill with murder on Saturday and were questioning a man, a 35-year-old local, over what was described as a fracas at the couple's home in Watson Road, Padstow.

Local sources were quoted in the Australian media as saying Mr Walsh was at home when his fiancee, two other women and a local man arrived at the house.

A row ensued during which Mr Walsh was stabbed in the neck. It was unclear if a broken glass or knife was involved. Locals said those involved appeared to be drunk.

It is understood the two women also live at the house and the Australian man, who was still in police custody yesterday, was invited back after the women had been out socialising. Local people reported "screaming and wailing" around midnight before police and ambulance crews arrived.

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