An Irish woman has been charged with the murder of her 29-year-old Irish fiancé after he died from a stab wound to the neck at their home in Sydney, Australia on Saturday morning.
Police were called to the scene on Watson Road, Padstow in Sydney at 12:15 am local time and found David Walsh, a father-of-three from Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cathrina Cahill, 25, originally from New Ross, Co Wexford, was arrested and questioned along with another man, a 36-year-old Australian from Revesby in Sydney.
The Irish Times reports that Cahill was later charged with murder and refused bail. The man arrested has since been released without charge.
New South Wales Police said in a statement that investigators were being assisted by officers from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad. The police said they was working with the Irish Consulate in Sydney.
Enniscorthy locals were shocked to hear of the Irishman’s death.
Local Councillor John O’Rourke told the Irish Times that he remembers a headstrong young man with a great interest in sports, who was known to his friends as “Motcha.”
“I coached him under 12s for Ajax soccer team here in the town,” said Cllr O’Rourke. “The news has come as a massive shock to everyone here.
“He comes from a family that would be well-respected within the local community. He was a decent chap and anytime we met he would always have a word for you and he’d reminisce about the all the good times on the pitch when he was playing.”
He said Walsh leaves behind three young daughters in Enniscorthy.
Walsh, who worked in carpentry, moved to Australia around 2012 to work in the building trade and had got engaged to Cahill on New Year’s Eve.
Cllr O’Rourke said: “It’s a sad time for the town and for his family and out thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.”