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Friday 13 December 2019

We share agony of stab victim's family, says Nicola's uncle

THE uncle of murdered Wexford student Nicola Furlong has issued a heartfelt show of support to the family of Australian stab victim Kenny Myler, saying: "We are both sharing the same nightmare."

KENNY (21) lost his fight for life on Saturday – almost a week after he was brutally stabbed in the neck with a 30cm carving knife following a row in Perth, Australia.

His devastated family, from Wexford town, live just six miles from Nicola's family in Curracloe.

Irishman Vincent Crowe, who is believed to be from Dublin, has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm to Kenny.

Horrific

He appeared before Perth Magistrates' Court on February 11, where he was remanded in custody to appear again on Monday.

A police spokeperson today said: "When the person next appears in court on February 25, the charge will be upgraded to murder."

Kenny's family, including parents Melanie Meyler and Dermot Moloney, now face the heartbreak of bringing his remains home.

Just over nine months ago, another Wexford family was delivered the devastating news that their loved one had died abroad in horrific circumstances.

DCU student Nicola Furlong, also 21, was murdered last May in a Tokyo hotel room.

Nicola came from Curracloe – just six miles outside Kenny's home of Wexford town.

Speaking to the Herald today, Nicola's uncle Denis Corrigan said he knows well the "torture and anguish" being felt by the Meyler family.

"It's such a tragedy that Wexford has lost yet another young person who was living life to the fullest. My heart goes out to the Meyler family. I think we are both sharing the same nightmare."

Kenny's grandfather, Sean Meyler, said he is overwhelmed by the level of support pouring in since the news of his grandson's death.

Kenny emigrated to Australia in 2011 to start a new life.

But while socialising on the Scarborough area on Sunday last, the young man was involved in an altercation with up to three others.

noconnor@herald.ie

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