Greenford stabbing: Man charged with murder after 87-year-old killed on mobility scooter

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Lee Byer, of Southall, west London, will appear before magistrates on Friday over the killing of Mr O’Halloran, who was stabbed in Greenford on Tuesday. He will appear before Willesden Magistrates Court today.

Detectives believe Mr O’Halloran was stabbed in Western Avenue about 4pm before managing to travel 75 yards or so on his mobility scooter to Runnymede Gardens, where he flagged down a member of the public for help.

Mr O’Halloran, who was known as “Terry” to locals in the Greenford area of west London, was thought to have been raising money for Ukrainian refugees when he died.

Mr O’Halloran, originally from Co Clare, in the west of Ireland, was a passionate musician and “very popular” in Greenford, often busking for charity.

Footage on social media shows Mr O’Halloran busking to raise money for Ukraine months before the killing.

Stephen Pound, former Labour MP for Ealing North, said Mr O’Halloran was like a “community king on his mobility throne”, and was the heart of the community.

He added: “He was almost like the heart around which the whole of Greenford revolved and circulated because he was always there, holding court outside the cafe, or playing his accordion,” he said.

Mr O’Halloran, who lived in Greenford, was originally from Ennistymon, Co Clare, in the west of Ireland.

Mr Pound added: “Terry, as we called him, was always looking out to raise money for people.

“The great thing about him was he was an absolute character, in some ways he almost played up to that, that sort of cheerful Irish stereotype.

“He was a sweet and lovely man and he had a word for everybody. But he was also the uncrowned king of Greenford and his mobility scooter was like his throne.

“In all the years I was his MP, I’d talk to him and chat to him and he’d very often point me in the direction of somebody who needed a bit of help, he was a kind of community king on his mobility throne, sitting there drinking his tea and and doing his scratch card.

“He’ll be sadly, sadly missed. He had the body of an 87-year-old man, but he has the twinkling eyes of a 22-year-old and his brain was as sharp as he could be.

“It’s extraordinary that you have someone who really does know everybody and it’s almost like he’s the cement that holds the community together.”

Mr Pound said the streets will be packed with mourners for his funeral.

He went on: “We’ve also lost someone who I think is irreplaceable because they simply don’t make people like him anymore.

“You just don’t see other people like him. He was a one-off, and was something special.”

Mr Pound said the incident has brought fear to the local community.

He said: “This is right by one of the biggest arterial roads in London, in bright sunshine in the middle of the afternoon. A light is taken and a flame is extinguished.”

Local Clare senator Martin Conway said the mood in Ennistymon is “dull”.

He said Mr O’Halloran would visit his family and friends in Ennistymon every year.

Mr Conway said: “Thomas remained in contact with his family and friends in Ennistymon. The last time he was in Clare was at a wedding of one of his niece’s.

“He was a well-known figure in the area and people are truly shocked.”

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