A Cork man who was killed with a screwdriver in Australia “lunged” at his alleged killer during a fight, a court heard on Wednesday.
Dad-of-two Charlie McCarthy, 32, died in Perth on December 23, 2017 when the tool fisherman Andrew Doan was holding pierced his temple and killed him.
Doan’s friend, and witness to the incident, Tien Vu Huynh claimed a fight broke out after the two Asian men were offended by an alleged racial comment Mr McCarthy made.
Mr Doan, 35, who is charged with the murder claims he accidentally pierced the victim’s brain with the screwdriver.
Mr Huynh said he and Mr Doan had finished fishing when the Irishman, his wife Nicole and friend Jason Mikel Curran passed by.
Giving evidence at the Supreme Court of Western Australia on Wednesday, Mr Huynh said Mr McCarthy asked them if they had caught canything.
When they told him they hadn’t caught much, one of the men allegedly said: “Fisheries will be the judge of that.”
Mr Huynh said they were offended by the comment which led Mr Doan to confront them.
Mr Doan told the court: “People stereotype that all Asians catch undersized fish, all Asians eat undersized fish.”
The 35-year-old then pursued the trio who had been drinking at a Christmas party at the Swan Yacht Club, the court heard.
Mr Doan told the court that he reached into his pocket and grabbed a screwdriver he was using for crabbing.
He said he held the tool over his head and said: “Get back or I’ll stab you.”
Mr Huynh said that after a verbal argument, Mr Doan retreated to his car where he was met by Mr McCarthy and Mr Curran.
It was then he said that the Cork native lunged at his friend and the pair fell to the ground.
Mr Doan claimed he raised his hands in a defensive motion, whilst holding the tool.
He said that he closed his eyes and forgot that he was holding the screwdriver.
Mr Doan said when he opened his eyes he saw Mr McCarthy injured on the ground.
After the incident, he remained at the scene until police arrived and claimed it was self defence.
Mr Curran also gave evidence at the trial on Wednesday, and dismissed the Fisheries comment as a “joke”.
Forensic pathologist Dr Clive Cook said the victim had a penetrating would in his left temple and told the court that the penetration was possible if Mr McCarthy rushed at the screwdriver.
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