Belfast Telegraph

Irishman fights for life after being stabbed in the neck in Australia

By Fergus Black and Brendan Furlong

A 21-year-old man who emigrated to Australia two years ago is fighting for his life in hospital after being stabbed in the neck during an attack in broad daylight.

Kenny Meyler of Wexford town is in a critical condition in Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital, Perth, after he was stabbed with a carving knife in the coastal suburb of Scarborough.

Police in Perth received reports that up to four men were seen fighting in the Helmsley Street area of Scarborough around 2pm on Sunday and that Mr Meyler was kicked and stabbed during the row.

Detectives later charged a 32-year-old man from the Perth suburb of Atwell "with intent to do grievous bodily harm to another".

Police said they were continuing to look for witnesses and particularly wanted to hear from a person "who is believed to have recorded some of the events on their phone". Mr Meyler is the son of Melanie Meyler and Dermot Moloney of Wexford.

Members of his family have travelled to be at his bedside and the Department of Foreign Affairs said it was providing consular assistance.

Prior to emigrating, Mr Meyler boxed at the Wexford CBS Boxing Club.

During a short career with the club, he was known as a dedicated young sportsman, meeting with some success on the county scene.

Club trainer Eddie Bolger spoke of his shock on hearing the news.

"Hopefully he'll come through. I knew him in the club but he was more into the training end than competitive boxing.

"The night before he left for Australia he came down to the club to say goodbye to everyone.

"He thanked everyone for their courtesy and help during his time in the club."

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