Two Irishmen have been acquitted of murdering and unlawfully killing a homeless man in Australia. 

Nathan Kelly and Christopher McLaughlin, both from Donegal, were acquitted of murdering Paul Tavelardis after arguing they were attacked by the 66-year-old at the end of a night out.

Mr Kelly, 23, and Mr McLaughlin, 25, had both pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Tavelardis, who died nine days after an altercation with the men in Grosvenor Crescent, Summer Hill on 29 December 2018.

At a hearing in December last year, the trial judge Ms Justice Elizabeth Fullerton said it was clear that "very, very severe intoxication by alcohol" was a factor in the alleged crime.

She added that there was "some degree of incapacity" by the two men at the time of the incident.

The trial heard the housemates, who lived together in Summer Hill in Sydney, had been drinking for 12 hours before the incident.