Monday 19 March 2018

'We want to bring John home' - Family of Irish man stabbed to death in London 'distraught and upset'

John Martin
John Martin

Luke Byrne and Elaine Keogh

The family of an Irish man allegedly stabbed to death in London are "distraught and upset" at the circumstances of his death.

John Martin, originally from Donore, Co Meath, was killed in the early hours of Sunday in his adopted home of Kingsbury, a suburb in northwest London.

He was due to celebrate his 41st birthday yesterday.

Mr Martin's family hailed his achievements in life - including a decision last September to donate his kidney to save the life of a girl he didn't know.

"He gave somebody else a chance of life and somebody else has come along and taken his life," they said.

"We are extremely proud of his achievements in life and we ask the media to respect our privacy.

"We want now to bring John home to his family and have his burial in Donore as soon as possible," the family said.

Darryn Madigan (38) of Doreen Avenue, first appeared in custody at Hendon Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, charged with Mr Martin's murder.

A subsequent hearing yesterday was told Mr Madigan allegedly argued with Mr Martin, before appearing with a kitchen knife.

The suspect appeared at the Old Bailey via video link.

Mr Martin had been making his way home from a pub with his partner when the attack happened, the court heard.

The prosecution told the court both men lived in flats next door to each other.

It was alleged a fight broke out between the two after Mr Martin got out of his cab.

Local news reports over the weekend said emergency services were called to Doreen Avenue at 2.51am following reports of an assault.

They found a man with stab wounds who was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after.

Irish Independent

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