44-year-old man has been charged with the homicide of 87-year-old Thomas O’Halloran on a mobility scooter in west London.
Mr O’Halloran, initially from Co Clare within the west of Eire, was a passionate musician and “extremely popular” in Greenford, usually busking for charity.
Footage on social media exhibits Mr O’Halloran busking to boost cash for Ukraine months earlier than the killing.
Byer will seem at Willesden Magistrates’ Court docket.
Police mentioned Mr O’Halloran’s household have been knowledgeable and “have requested for his or her privateness to be revered at this very troublesome time”.
It comes after officers had been known as to Cayton Highway in Greenford, west London, on Tuesday to reviews of a stabbing and Mr O’Halloran was declared lifeless on the scene.
Detectives imagine the pensioner was stabbed in Western Avenue at about 4pm earlier than managing to journey round 75 yards on his mobility scooter to Runnymede Gardens, the place he flagged down a member of the general public for assist.
Mr O’Halloran is survived by his household, together with his sister, two brothers, nieces and nephews.
Tremendous Gael senator Martin Conway mentioned Mr O’Halloran visited Eire recurrently and that his loss of life has left his dwelling neighborhood in Ennistymon in “deep shock and unhappiness”.
“Tommy, as he was recognized, left Ennistymon for London 71 years in the past however travelled dwelling virtually yearly till about 10 years in the past,” he mentioned.
Former Labour MP Stephen Pound paid tribute to Mr O’Halloran, an ex-constituent, telling GB Information “Tom was an actual native character” and a “candy, pretty man”.