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Irishman sentenced to life in Oz jail for stabbing Wexford man to death while high

Victim: Kenny Meyler
Victim: Kenny Meyler

An Irishman has been sentenced to life in jail in Australia for murdering Wexford man Kenny Meyler.

Vincent Crowe (35) was sentenced to a minimum of 17 years for killing the 21-year-old while high on drugs.

The men were both working in Perth, Western Australia at the time but did not know each other.

Mr Crowe told the Western Australian Supreme Court he did not remember the stabbing because he had been drinking and had taken the drug mephedrone.

He admitted the offence of unlawful killing, but the jury convicted him of the more serious crime of murder.

Mr Meyler was stabbed in the right side of the neck by Crowe while they were out drinking with mutual friends.

It is the second time Crowe has stood trial, after another jury was unable to reach a verdict in October 2014.

The pair were apart of a group who were at a party in the Scarborough suburb outside Perth. They were drinking heavily and also taking 'meow meow', also known as mephedrone. 

The party continued until the next day when Crowe "walked to where Kenny was sitting and thrust it [the knife] with force into the right side of Kenny’s neck", the court heard. 

Some time before this attack, the court was told Meyler and a friend of Crowe's were involved in an altercation. However, both parties settled their differences and the party continued. 

After he was arrested, Crowe told police he didn't recall the moment: "I don't remember actually doing it. I don't remember."

The people at the party knocked the knife from the man's hands and then attended to Meyler.

He was rushed to hospital but sadly died of his wound six days later.