Two Co Donegal men have appeared in court in Sydney, Australia, charged with murder.

Christopher McLaughlin, 24, and Nathan Kelly, 21, appeared in court today via video-link from separate prisons.

They are charged with the murder of 66-year-old Paul Tavelardis, who was found with serious injuries on a roadside on the 29 December and who died on Monday morning.

The defendants will remain in custody after the judge refused them bail.

They are due to appear in court again on 6 March.

The two men appeared via video-link at Burwood Local Court where they did not apply for bail and it was formally refused by magistrate Louise McManus.

Nathan Kelly appeared from Silverwater Correctional Complex while Christopher McLaughlin appeared via video link from Long Bay Prison Hospital.

Meanwhile the family of Mr Tavelardis have paid tribute to the grandfather-of-nine who was battling leukemia.

His son Bradley told The Daily Telegraph newspaper that he believes his dad had gone "walkabout" and may have been sleeping in his car at the time of the attack.

He said: "He loved to travel, that was his indigenous side, he loved to go, as we say, 'walkabout'.

"Every two or three years he would save enough money, buy a sedan and go out into the desert and sleep in the back of his car."