An Australian fisherman charged in relation to a fatal Christmas attack on an Irishman has had the count against him upgraded to murder.
Charlie McCarthy (32) died from injuries sustained in a street attack in East Fremantle outside Perth in western Australia.
He died 24 hours after being struck in the head following a confrontation with two fishermen as he walked home with his Australian wife, Nicole, after attending a festive event on December 22 with friends.
Mr McCarthy, who was from Aghada in Cork, was confronted by one of the fishermen as he walked on Riverside Road to try to find a taxi home. Words were exchanged and the man then allegedly attacked Mr McCarthy.
During the altercation, he was struck in the head, by the temple, apparently with a heavy screwdriver-type implement used to help load a fishing speargun. A 34-year-old local fisherman was arrested a short time later.
Mr McCarthy, a father of two who worked for a cable firm, was rushed to hospital with traumatic brain injuries and he passed away on Christmas Eve.
Australian police initially charged Andrew Doan with grievous bodily harm.