The parents of a murdered Irish backpacker have told the Victorian Supreme Court of their heartbreak at the death of their son in Melbourne last year.

David Greene died in hospital two weeks after he was attacked and left unconscious at a party at a St Kilda backpackers hostel last August.

His friend David Byas was also bashed and spent five days in a coma and several weeks in hospital.

Martial Arts enthusiast Luke Wendholt has pleaded guilty to the reckless murder of Mr Greene and recklessly causing serious injury to Mr Byas.

Mr Greene's parents travelled from Ireland to deliver their victim impact statements at a pre-sentence hearing in the Victorian Supreme Court.

His mother Catherine said they had been looking forward to their son coming home and now her life was in turmoil.

"I couldn't save him, it was out of my control," she said.

"Your children are your life that's what keeps you going."

Mrs Greene said she had spoken to David just days before "the horrific crime."

"He was so happy and content and loved the Australian people," she said.

"My whole world had turned upside down at the thought of my beautiful David never coming home to me."

His father Aiden Greene said he felt guilty because he had lent his son the money to come to Australia.

The court heard Wentholt had been showing off his martial arts moves at the party and had tried to kick in a door before the attack on the travellers.

Prosecutor Mark Rochford said he had been jealous about the attention his girlfriend was paying to the Irishmen.

People at the party reported hearing raised voices before finding Mr Greene and Mr Byas unconscious in a hallway, where Wentholt was seen stomping on them with his bare feet.

A partygoer told the court he was surprised by the aggressive attitude Wentholt displayed and at how quickly he was kicking and lashing out at people.

Wentholt wrote a letter of apology to Mr Greene's family, but the family did not want to hear it in court.

Wentholt will be sentenced next month.

 

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