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Sunday 22 April 2018

Australian man charged over Irish dad's stab death

Charlie McCarthy and his wife
Charlie McCarthy and his wife

A fisherman charged with causing grievous bodily harm to an Irish dad-of-two who died from a brain injury is likely to face more serious charges, Australian police said.

Charlie McCarthy (32) died from injuries sustained in a street attack in East Fremantle, outside Perth in Australia.

Andrew Doan (34), of Joondanna, was charged and remanded to appear again before a Perth magistrate next Wednesday. Mr McCarthy died around 24 hours after being struck on the head following a confrontation with two fishermen as he walked home with his Australian wife, Nicole.

They had been attending a festive event last Friday night.

The Irishman, who was from Aghada in east Cork, was confronted by one of the fishermen as he looked for a taxi.

Words were exchanged and the man then attacked Mr McCarthy. During the assault, he was struck on the head near the temple, apparently with a heavy screwdriver-type implement used to help load a speargun.

He collapsed and police and paramedics were alerted.

Traumatic

Mr McCarthy was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital in a critical condition with traumatic brain injuries. His life support machine was turned off on Sunday night.

His sister Karina last night paid tribute to her brother.

"His beautiful wife and his kids were everything to him," Karina said. "He was the best daddy in the world and his kids were his life."

Karina said she last saw her brother when he travelled home to Ireland for her wedding in September 2016.

"Charlie was my pet, he was home last year for the wedding and that was the last time I held him in my arms," she said.

"He was beautiful inside and out. He was just the best. He had a heart of gold."

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