Saturday 20 January 2018

'So many good memories' - Tributes paid to dad-of-three as fiancée faces murder charge

In custody: Tina Cahill from New Ross who has been charged with the murder of her boyfriend, Daithi Walsh, right
In custody: Tina Cahill from New Ross who has been charged with the murder of her boyfriend, Daithi Walsh, right Newsdesk Newsdesk

Tributes have been paid to Wexford man David 'Motcha' Walsh who died at his Australian home in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The victim, who was a father of three girls and originally from Enniscorthy, has been described as a "true character", who would do anything to help his friends.

"Absolutely heartbroken and that's putting it mildly. Just waiting to wake up and it all be a bad dream. So many good memories... going to miss you so much buddy," one friend said.

"Farewell son... still remember the day you called into my house when I was tiling the roof and showed me what's what... a true character," another friend said.

David Walsh (29) was discovered with a stab wound to his neck at the home he shared in Sydney with his fiancé Tina Cahill.

Police yesterday charged Ms Cahill with murder and were questioning a 35-year-old local man over what was described as a fracas at the couple's home on Watson Road, Padstow.

David Walsh. Picture: Facebook
David Walsh. Picture: Facebook

The 25-year-old woman, originally from New Ross, was yesterday too distressed to appear before a Sydney court by video link.

A friend of Ms Cahill was in shock after hearing the news and said the couple very much "loved each other".

“(Ms Cahill) was my best friend for three years, I knew them both really well,” she said.

“They both really loved each other. She adored him... people should know she loved him more than anything. It’s just a tragedy," the friend told the Daily Telegraph.

Journalist with the Nine Network in Sydney spoke to Newstalk Breakfast and said that the story had been receiving widespread media attention in Australia.

"On that day a lot of ex-pats gathered at the scene all comforting each other," she said.

"This is a case that has received tons of media attention in Sydney, both front page news and TV broadcast news as well," she said.

Ms Walsh said Ms Cahill's sister and her friend attended her bail hearing on Sunday but left very quickly afterwards to avoid the media.

Local sources were quoted in the Australian media as saying Mr Walsh was at home when his fiancée, two other women and a local man arrived at the house.

A row ensued during which Mr Walsh was stabbed in the neck. It was unclear if a broken glass or knife was involved. Locals said those involved appeared to be drunk.

Local people also reported "screaming and wailing" around midnight.

The victim had been in the house, possibly asleep, when the three women and man arrived, said Detective Inspector Glen Fitzgerald.

David Walsh had emigrated to Australia some years ago and had been working in construction.

He was known for carrying out building work for free for people in Enniscorthy, according to local Independent councillor John O'Rourke, a friend of the Walsh family.

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