Irishman charged over Perth death

Kenny Meyler was stabbed in the neck in Perth, Australia

Kenny Meyler was stabbed in the neck in Perth, Australia

Mon, Feb 18, 2013, 00:00

The man charged with the death of an Irish emigrant in Australia is also Irish, the Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed.

Kenny Meyler (21) died in Perth, Western Australia a week after suffering a stab wound to the neck.

The Sir Charles Gairdner hospital confirmed to The Irish Times that Mr Meyler died shortly after midnight local time yesterday (4pm Saturday Irish time).

Mr Meyler was stabbed in the neck with a large carving knife at a house in Helmsley Street, in the coastal suburb of Scarborough on the afternoon of February 10th.

Mr Meyler’s mother and two other relatives arrived in Perth last Tuesday. They were met by a family friend and police, who took them to the hospital. The Department of Foreign Affairs has been providing consular assistance to the Meyler family.

Assaulted

Vincent Martin Crowe (32) has already been charged with intent to do grievous bodily harm by Perth Magistrates' Court and has been remanded to face the court again at a later stage this month.

Detectives from Mirrabooka police station have called for assistance from anyone who may have seen something occurring at the location where Mr Meyler was allegedly assaulted. A person who contacted a police line is believed to have recorded some of the events on their phone.

It is believed Mr Meyler was due to return home to Wexford in the coming months.

Prior to emigrating to Australia two years ago Kenny as he was known locally, boxed for the Wexford CBS Boxing Club in the town.

During a short career with the club, Mr Meyler was known as a dedicated trainer who met with some success on the county scene in the novice grades.

Club trainer, Eddie Bolger, spoke of his shock on hearing of the news. “It’s devastating for the family, his friends and everyone who knew him.

“I knew him in the club but he was more into the training end than competitive boxing.”