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Man in court over fatal church stabbing

AAP logoAAP 11/01/2017

A man accused of stabbing a 20-year-old to death near a church in Perth has appeared in court charged with murder.

Travis Raymond Robinson, 37, allegedly knifed Piri Phillips near the Wesley church in William Street around 6.20pm on Tuesday.

He is also accused of assaulting another man, Peter Robert Henry, and is facing a charge of assault with intent to prevent arrest of a person over that.

Robinson, from Nollamara, in Perth's north, appeared in Perth Magistrates Court but has not yet entered any pleas to the charges and was remanded in custody to appear at Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on January 25.

Friends of the victim took to Facebook to pay tribute to him, with one Helen Sultanowsky describing him as "the most gentle and loving soul".

Gemyni Jamila posted: "My heart breaks knowing I'm not gonna see you around anymore, you looked after me in my darkest times... had heart of gold you always looked out for me."

Hannah Patia wrote: "R.I.P my brother blessed to have spent the last day with you always in my heart forever."

Another friend Dalton Jut Chullun Mc posted: "All the love my cuz rest easy. Can't believe your (SIC) gone cuz so young, you got me stunned looking back over those child hood (SIC) memories."

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