POLICE in Australia have charged a taxi driver over an incident in which a young Irishman died after falling from a moving cab.
Ryan Doyle (25) fell from the vehicle when the driver accelerated as he was getting out, police believe.
The tragic incident happened in Perth in Western Australia where Mr Doyle -- from Castlewellan in Co Down -- had been working as a bricklayer.
Police were called to reports of a man lying on a road in the suburb of Belmont in the early hours of yesterday, local time.
Mr Doyle, a keen GAA player, was rushed to hospital where he later died from his injuries.
Police said the victim had been a passenger in a taxi and they believe he died after falling from the vehicle.
It is understood that he had been involved in a dispute with the driver about a fare.
The taxi driver has been charged with a number of offences, including dangerous driving causing death and is to appear at Perth Magistrates Court next month.
Ryan's brother Kevin wrote on Facebook: "Can't believe what's happened, feel like I got the heart ripped out of me!"
Kevin said Ryan was not just his brother, he was his friend. They did everything together, he said, adding: "My life will never be the same, I love you lad!"
Police have also charged the 26-year-old driver with failure to stop and render assistance and failure to report an accident.
Ryan and another man became involved in an argument with the driver after being picked up outside a casino, reports revealed.
Officers and forensic experts examined the scene to gather evidence about Ryan's death and they were also believed to have searched a car wash.
A police statement said: "As the passenger was exiting the vehicle, the driver accelerated causing the passenger to fall to the ground where he received life-threatening injuries."
The taxi driver could face 10 years in jail if convicted.
Ryan, a former pupil at St Patrick's Grammar in Downpatrick, had gone to Australia two years ago to find work.
The driver is to appear at Perth Magistrates Court on December 18.
The Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin is providing consular assistance to Mr Doyle's family.