Sunday 20 August 2017

Two men charged with murder of Irish father in London

Damien McLaughlin was fatally stabbed in Enfield, London on Saturday
Damien McLaughlin was fatally stabbed in Enfield, London on Saturday

Kathy Armstrong

Two men have been charged with the murder of an Irish father in London last weekend.

Damien McLaughlin, who was originally from Manorcunningham in Co Donegal, was stabbed in broad daylight in Exeter Road in Enfield, London at around 1.30pm on Saturday.

Paramedics spent around 45 minutes trying to save the plumber (45) but he was pronounced dead at the scene at 2.15pm

Onlookers claimed that the attackers were wearing ski masks.

A post-mortem has revealed Mr McLaughlin died from a stab wound to the heart.

Omar Warner (18) was charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon, he will appear in custody at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court today.

Another male (17) appeared in custody yesterday and was charged with murder, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of a class B drug (cannabis).

He was remanded and will appear at the Old Bailey, the date has not yet been confirmed.

Detective Chief Inspector  of the Homicide and Major Crime Command is leading the investigation and is urging anyone with any information to contact them.

He said: "We have spoken with a number of witnesses, but I am certain that there are other people who will have seen something of note but are yet to contact police.

"I am also aware that people may have recorded footage on mobile phones.

"I am urging any witnesses, or anyone with material that may assist the investigation, to make contact with police."

The Department of Foreign Affairs has been contacted for comment.

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