A 21-year-old man who emigrated to Australia two years ago is fighting for his life in hospital after being stabbed in the neck during an attack in broad daylight.
Kenny Meyler of Wexford town is in a critical condition in Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital, Perth, after he was stabbed with a carving knife in the coastal suburb of Scarborough.
Police in Perth received reports that up to four men were seen fighting in the Helmsley Street area of Scarborough around 2pm on Sunday and that Mr Meyler was kicked and stabbed during the row.
Detectives later charged Vincent Martin Crowe (32) from the Perth suburb of Atwell, "with intent to do grievous bodily harm to another". He is due to appear in court again charged on February 25.
Police said they were continuing to look for witnesses and particularly wanted to hear from a person "who is believed to have recorded some of the events on their phone". Mr Meyler is the son of Melanie Meyler and Dermot Moloney of Wexford.
His devastated mother Melanie arrived in Perth at 9.30am where she was due to meet friends.
Joan Ross, of the Perth-based Claddagh Assocation, said that the family is “distraught”.
“We have made contact with the young man's family who are going through an awful time. When they arrived in Perth today they went straight to the hospital. They are just distraught.
“They are going to be staying with friends and we will assist them in any way we can. We have also been in touch with the Department of Foreign Affairs and are working with them to help those involved.”
Melanie is a well-known drama teacher in Wexford town.
A friend of Meyler family, Frankie Kelly, today said the news has left the community completely shocked.
“I know the Meyler family and have known Kenny since he was a little lad. Everyone is just shocked. We’re just praying now he comes through. And it comes after we lost Nicola Furlong so that's two incidents abroad involving people from Wexford town which is just unbelievable.”Prior to emigrating, Mr Meyler boxed at the Wexford CBS Boxing Club.
During a short career with the club, he was known as a dedicated young sportsman, meeting with some success on the county scene.
Club trainer Eddie Bolger spoke of his shock on hearing the news.
"Hopefully he'll come through. I knew him in the club but he was more into the training end than competitive boxing.
"The night before he left for Australia he came down to the club to say goodbye to everyone.
"He thanked everyone for their courtesy and help during his time in the club."