Fisherman Andrew Doan, aged 35, was found not guilty last Friday of murdering Cork father-of-two, Charlie McCarthy, in Perth in December 2017.
Mr Doan was accused of fatally stabbing Mr McCarthy, aged 32, in the head with a screwdriver during a fracas next to Perth’s Swan River, but jurors found him not guilty of both murder and manslaughter.
In a statement, the family of Mr McCarthy, from Upper Aghada, said they are devastated by the not guilty verdict and heartbroken at the portrayal of Charlie during the trial.
“The McCarthy family’s lives have been torn apart since the horrific death of Charlie.”
“The McCarthy family feel that the judicial system in Perth let Charlie down,” the statement added. “The family are horrified by the way Charlie was portrayed. Charlie was a very hardworking, gentle, fun loving, even-tempered and a real family man.