Sunday 19 November 2017

Wexford woman too distraught to face Sydney court on charge of stabbing fiancé to death

Tina Cahill and David Walsh celebrating their engagement in Australia in a social media picture at the New Year
Tina Cahill and David Walsh celebrating their engagement in Australia in a social media picture at the New Year

Gavin White and Jim Cusack

Just after 11pm on Friday, Tina Cahill posted a picture to her Facebook page of a group of friends, happily enjoying a night out.

Hours later her fiancé David Walsh (29), from Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, was dead and Ms Cahill was being quizzed over his murder.

The 25-year-old woman originally from New Ross was yesterday too distressed to appear before a Sydney court charged with the murder of her fiancé.

Mr Walsh moved to Australia following the break-up of his marriage last year, it is understood.

He met Ms Cahill and they became engaged at New Year.

They had been living together in the Padstow area of Sydney.

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.

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.

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Local people 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.

Mr Walsh played for Enniscorthy United before he left for Australia, and a spokesperson for the club released a statement in tribute. "Only back from Dublin and just heard the terrible news of our former player David (Mocha) Walsh's passing," the statement said.

"As with some of our players, I played with David and he also played for me.

"A good player who always gave his best and when I managed him, was always respectful, hard-working and good to be around.

"Really shocking that someone so young should be taken."

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

Ms Cahill's family are well-known and respected in New Ross where she grew up above the family owned shop near the Three Bullets Gate in the old town.

She was described by neighbours as "a lovely, lovely girl".

A neighbour added: "The Cahills are the finest people you could meet. No one can understand one bit of this.

"Tina was a good student at school and, I understand, very successful at whatever she worked at. There's total shock here."

A police spokesman said yesterday that Ms Cahill was due to be brought before Parramatta Bail Court.

However, she chose not to appear via video link as her lawyer said she was too distressed to do so.

She was further remanded in custody and is due to appear before Burwood local court on Wednesday.

Irish Independent

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