Friday 23 February 2018

'I found out my daughter was charged with fiancé's murder on radio'- Father's shock at Sydney death

Dan Cahill tells Wexford People, 'we are in a state of shock and helplessness'

Tina Cahill and David Walsh. Inset (Dan Cahill)
Tina Cahill and David Walsh. Inset (Dan Cahill) Newsdesk Newsdesk

The father of a woman charged with the murder of her fiance has revealed that the first time he learned of her arrest was on radio.

Cathrina 'Tina' Cahill (25), from New Ross in Co Wexford,has been charged with stabbing her husband-to-be David 'Daithí' Walsh (29) to death at their Sydney home in the early hours of Saturday morning.

She appeared briefly in court this morning where it was heard that a book of evidence is to be prepared in the case.

Ms Cahill's father has now revealed that the first time he learned of her arrest was when he tuned into the radio on Saturday morning.

Charity worker Daniel (Dan) Cahill told the Wexford People: "Someone rang Rita [Ms Cahill's mother] on Friday night and told her that Davey was dead but that was all we knew.

"The first I heard about Tina (being charged) was on the radio on Saturday morning. It's hard to think about it because you don't know what happened. All we want to do is speak to her. Rita is broken up and in bits and we're just trying to cope."

Tina Cahill and David Walsh
Tina Cahill and David Walsh

The heartbroken father told the newspaper that they plan to travel to Sydney to be by Tina's side once they get more information about the court case.

"She is probably in a holding cell at the moment. There was supposed to be a court hearing Saturday night, (Sunday morning their time)."

Mr Cahill told the newspaper that his daughter Tina worked in Melbourne when she first emigrated before moving to Sydney, where she lived with two friends from New Ross.

"She worked in a variety of jobs and recently got a job with a traffic management company. She loved it over there," he said.

Asked to describe his daughter, Mr Cahill said: "She is a brilliant girl, unbelievable. She never stopped. She was always working and was a manager at Tesco in New Ross before she emigrated."

The family travelled to Australia at Christmas and Mr Cahill explained that his daughter "was so excited" to have them over for the visit.

"We did a lot of sightseeing and travelled up the coast. Davey was brilliant to us when we were over there."

The couple got engaged in the last number of weeks and photos of an excited Tina were posted on social media.

In the early hours of Saturday morning police were called to the home in Padstow after neighbours reported a disturbance. they discovered Mr Walsh outside the property with a single stab wound to his neck.

His wife-to-be was later arrested and charged with his murder.

Ms Cahill was due to appear in court on Sydney on Sunday charged with the murder, but was too distressed. She was due to appear again this morning.

Mr Cahill ,who works as a digger driver and volunteers with New Ross River Search & Rescue, told the Wexford People: "We are just about coping. I am working today to keep my mind off it...It's so hard with the distance involved. We are in a state of shock and helplessness."

The parents have been unable to speak to Tina and they do not know if she has been in contact with any of her friends.

The family has received huge support from the community.

"Everyone has been unbelievable. The house was full with people all day on Sunday."

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