AN online donations page has been set up to provide financial aid for the wife and two children of a Cork man who was fatally injured in an attack while waiting for a taxi in Perth, Australia on December 23.
Charlie McCarthy, aged 32 from Aghada, had been on a night out with his wife before becoming embroiled in an argument.
He suffered serious injuries and was rushed to hospital where he was placed on life support. He passed away on St Stephen’s Day after the life support machine was switched off.
More than $50,000 has been raised by early Saturday from an online GoFundMe page which has been set up by friends of Mr McCarthy. The Claddagh Association Inc, an organisation that helps Irish people in crisis in Australia, is assisting with the administration process.
“Charlie was one-of-a-kind. His big smile and quick laugh lit up every room. A fun dad, he was as adored by his children as he adored them. He gave his love so easily and welcomed everyone into his world,” wrote family friend Alan Ahern on the GoFundMe page. Unused monies are set to be put into a fund for the future of Mr McCarthy’s two young children.
Andrew Doan, aged 34, from the Joondanna suburb of Perth, has been charged with grievous bodily harm in relation to the incident.
Mr Doan’s lawyer Adam Hammond said his client’s action was more akin to self-defence and accused Mr McCarthy of charging at his client after an argument broke out.
Magistrate Dianne Scaddan has adjourned an application for bail from Mr Doan’s legal team until next month pending the outcome of the post-mortem on Mr McCarthy.
To donate go to: www.gofundme.com/charliemccarthyfamilytrust