A trial date has been set in the case of an Australian man accused of murdering a Cork man in Perth last year.

Charles McCarthy was allegedly struck on the head with an object as he was walking with his wife and a friend in the early hours of Saturday 23 December.

He was taken to hospital but later died from his injuries.

Andrew Doan was initially charged with manslaughter, but the charge was upgraded to murder.

This morning at the Magistrates Court of Western Australia in Perth, a trial date of 11 February 2019 was set.

Mr Doan's solicitor, Michael Perrella, told RTÉ News that the case will be heard in the Supreme Court in Perth, and is listed for six days.

Mr McCarthy, who was from Upper Aghada in Co Cork, worked as a cable layer in Perth.

He is survived by his wife and two small children.