A MAN was today due to appear at the Old Bailey in London charged with the savage murder of an Irish charity worker who was beaten to death whilst helping the homeless.
Philip Steels, who was 51 and from Sligo, suffered severe head injuries in an unprovoked attack in Enfield, London.
The father-of-three was a member of the North London Jubilee Christian Church.
His brother Michael (46) was flying to London today to formally identify the body.
"Philip became a Christian seven years ago after overcoming difficulties in his life," said Michael.
"He was a good man and a well-respected member of the community in North London.
"He raised more than £10,000 (€12,500) for the church. At weekends he attached a food van to his car and drove around London to feed the homeless.
"He was a kind lovely person, helping people overcome addiction to drugs and alcohol."
Although the dead man lived in London, he often returned to Sligo to see his parents, Michael Snr and Mary, as well as his two sisters and brother.
The Metropolitan Police said 26-year-old Malachi Lindo, of Bowles Green, Turkey Street, London, was due to appear at the Old Bailey today charged with last Thursday's murder.
Mr Steels was attacked just before 2am as he was out helping the homeless.