Man held in connection with stabbing of Kenny Meyler in Australia is also Irish
Published 18/02/2013 | 04:00
THE man held in connection with the stabbing of Kenny Meyler in Perth last week is also Irish, police in Western Australia have confirmed.
Mr Meyler’s mother was at his bedside as he lost his fight for life over the weekend
The 21-year-old was left in a critical condition after being stabbed last week, and died having battled his injuries for six days.
Mr Meyler's grieving grandparents spoke movingly of their emotional final phone call before he died.
Joe and Phyllis Moloney, from Selskar in Wexford town, rang the Sir Charles Gairdner hospital and a phone was put to Mr Meyler's ear.
Mr Moloney said: "Phyllis said her final goodbye – 'You're my number one grandson and always will be'.
"We knew from last week there was not much hope but still when the word came through of Kenny's death it was devastating, the life-support machine having been switched off a short time earlier.
"Kenny was full of life with a lust for adventure. He had a caring personality and always kept in touch with the family. He did not deserve what came to him."
The Wexford native, who emigrated to Perth about two years ago, died on Saturday from stab wounds to the neck.
Now police in Western Australia have said charges against an Irishman, held in connection with the stabbing, may be upgraded following the results of a post-mortem examination.
Vincent Martin Crowe (32) was charged with grievous bodily harm when he appeared in court last week.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that he is also Irish.
Mr Crowe is due to appear in court again on 25 February.
Nr Meyler had been working as a roofer in Australia but he was due to travel to Sweden in a matter of months, to work for his father, Dermot, there.
His mother, Melanie Meyler, a drama teacher, flew to Australia immediately after the incident and was at his bedside when he died.
Arrangements are still being finalised for the funeral, which is expected to take place in Ireland.
The Department of Foreign Affairs is providing consular assistance to the family.
Before emigrating, Mr Meyler was involved in boxing with the local Wexford CBS Boxing Club.
Club trainer Eddie Bolger said: "He was more into the training end than competitive boxing. He would have sparred with all of the top boxers in the club.
"The night before he left for Australia he came down to the club to say goodbye. He thanked everyone for their courtesy and help during his time in the club."
It is understood Mr Meyler was stabbed during an altercation on Helmsley Street in the coastal Perth suburb of Scarborough last Sunday.