Joondanna man (34) faces court after death of Atwell man (32) in East Fremantle

Charles McCarthy with his wife and two young children. Picture: Facebook
Charles McCarthy with his wife and two young children. Picture: Facebook

A MAN accused of hitting a man in the head causing his death in a fight in East Fremantle has appeared in court.

Andrew Doan (34) faced Perth Magistrate’s Court today charged with grievous bodily harm, however the court was told the charge would likely be upgraded to manslaughter or murder after a post mortem.

Mr Doan, from Joondanna, is accused of striking Atwell father-of-two Charles John McCarthy in the head with an object, causing him to fall to the ground.

Mr McCarthy was taken to Royal Perth Hospital in a critical condition and later died of his injuries.

During today’s bail application, Mr Doan’s lawyer said his client had been “charged” at and his actions were more consistent with self-defence or accident.

He described Mr Doan as a compassionate, generous, kind and harmless father and said the accused intended to defend himself at a trial.

The bail application was opposed by police prosecutors, who argued it would be inappropriate to release Mr Doan from custody when the matter was likely to be sent to a higher court.

Magistrate Dianne Scaddan adjourned the application until January 3 pending the outcome of the post mortem.

She told the court she was “not unsympathetic” to the submissions made on behalf of Mr Doan but said it would be inappropriate to make a decision without further information.