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Irishman David Greene dies after hammer attack in Australia


A DUBLIN man has died in hospital following a brutal hammer attack in Australia 13 days ago.

David Greene (27) from Monaloe Park in Cabinteely, Co Dublin died in hospital in Melbourne following the attack nearly two weeks ago.

Murder squad detectives have taken charge of the investigation into the vicious attack on David and another Irish backpackers in Australia following David Greene's death last night.

Mr Greene had been living in Australia for about two years prior to the attack and had been working at the Lynedoch Avenue backpacker’s hostel.

David Byas (30), also from Dublin, who was also seriously injured, was discharged from hospital earlier this week.

The two Irishmen were attending a house warming party at the hostel on Lynedoch Avenue, St Kilda, on August 26 when the attack happened about 1am.

Another housemate, Luke James Wentholt (31), described as having an interest in kickboxing and martial arts, has been charged in connection with the attack.

Mr Green's parents, Aiden and Catherine, had travelled to Australia to maintain a bedside vigil.

Last night they issued a statement expressing their thanks “to all those who have helped and supported them through this difficult time”.

“In particular we would also like to express deep gratitude to the medical staff at The Alfred Hospital for the wonderful care and attention they provided to David, and to the staff at the Irish Australian Welfare Bureau in Melbourne for all their support”, the statement continued.

Police have said they believe several eye witnesses are yet to come forward, and have appealed to them to speak to investigators.

It is believed that the assault happened when the two Irish men came to the aid of a distressed woman at a party being held at the hostel.

Police have said they expect to upgrade the charges against Luke James Wentholt to murder early next week.