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Irishman stabbed to death in London 'never stood a chance'

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Doreen Avenue and inset John Martin

Doreen Avenue and inset John Martin

Doreen Avenue and inset John Martin

An Irishman living in London was stabbed to death by his neighbour after an early-morning row “never stood a chance” a court heard.

John Martin (41) originally from Meath, was killed on August 7.

His neighbour Darryn Madigan of Doreen Avenue, Kingsbury has plead guilty to manslaughter but not guilty to murder according to reports from the first day of his trial.

The court heard that on the night Mr Martin was killed Madigan emerged from his flat yelling "I'm going to f****** kill you".

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John Martin on a recent trip to Argentina

John Martin on a recent trip to Argentina

John Martin on a recent trip to Argentina

The Central Criminal Court in the Old Bailey in London heard that Mr Martin returned home from a night out with his girlfriend, where he had been in pubs in Wembley and had a lot to drink. 

He arrived home in a taxi shortly before 4am and started to shout abuse at the top window of Madigan’s building the court heard.

In response Madigan is alleged to have confronted Mr Martin with a knife and stabbed him twice in the chest.

Madigan was arrested at the scene covered in blood and initially told police he had fallen down the stairs and on top of Mr Martin. Later, he said he stabbed him by accident.

Oliver Glasgow, QC, prosecuting said that the Irishman was unarmed and wearing a t-shirt and “never stood a chance” the Hillingdon Times reports.

"This was a deliberate attack committed by a drunken man who could not control his temper,” he told the jury.

The trial continues.

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