THE family of a young man who died in Australia six days after he was stabbed in the neck with a carving knife have told how their grief is "insurmountable at the moment".
Murder charges are now being brought against another Irish man in Perth following the death of amateur boxer Kenny Meyler (21), from Wexford town.
The funeral of the young man will take place today in his home town.
His body was repatriated yesterday and large crowds attended his removal last night. In an emotional statement, Mr Meyler's grandfather, Joe Moloney, told how he made a last telephone call to his grandson at the hospital.
Shortly before he passed away, the telephone was held to his ear when his grandmother Phyllis said her final goodbye.
Describing Mr Meyler as a young man with a caring personality who was full of life and had a lust for adventure, the family said he "did not deserve what came to him".
Mr Meyler had been on life support at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth but hope faded for a recovery and he died on February 17. His mother Melanie, father Dermot, aunt Jane and uncle Vincent had been maintaining a bedside vigil.
The incident happened at a house in the beachside suburb of Scarborough in Perth.
Vincent Martin Crowe (32) has been charged with Mr Meyler's murder and was remanded in custody on February 11.
A requiem Mass will be held at Rowe Street Church, Wexford, for Mr Meyler today, with burial afterwards in St Ibar's Cemetery, Crosstown.