Monday 19 February 2018

'Not on my watch': Martial arts expert stabbed trying to save bouncer

'Don’t know whether it was stupid or noble,' Geoff Ho, who cannot speak after being stabbed in the neck

Geoff Ho was stabbed in the throat after he tried to protect a bouncer on the door of the Southwark Tavern Geoff Ho/Facebook
Geoff Ho was stabbed in the throat after he tried to protect a bouncer on the door of the Southwark Tavern Geoff Ho/Facebook

Narjas Zatat

A martial arts expert and journalist was in intensive care after stepping in to break up what he believed to be a fight, which turned out to be the terror attack in Borough Market.

Geoff Ho, who is a business editor at the Sunday Express, was stabbed in the throat after he tried to protect a bouncer on the door of the Southwark Tavern.

Friends spoke of desperately trying to find him after hearing he had been stabbed. One said she thought Mr Ho would have "stood up and been counted because he's just that type of person".

In a Facebook post about the incident, he wrote: "Don’t know whether it was stupid or noble to jump and break up the fight outside the Southwark Tavern, but two a*******s trying to do over the lone bouncer on the door isn’t happening on my watch.”

Three men drove a van into people on London Bridge then went to Borough Market where they attacked people with 12-inch knives while wearing fake suicide vests, before being shot and killed by armed police.

Mr Ho went missing shortly after the attack, prompting friends and family to anxiously appeal for information online.

Australian journalist Isabelle Oderberg wrote on Twitter:"One of my best friends is missing in London, all we know is he was stabbed and in an ambulance. His name is Geoff Ho. Can anyone help?”

Ms Oderberg told The Age: "He is actually a martial artist and I wouldn't be surprised if he would have stood up and been counted because he's just that type of person.”

A taxi driver speaking to the BBC recalled the moment it became clear to him that it was a terror attack.

“[The van] knocked loads of people down. Then three men got out with long blades, 12 inches long and went randomly along Borough High Street, stabbing people at random.”

Through the help of social media, Mr Ho was found in an intensive care ward in the city.

Although he can sit up on his hospital bed, he cannot yet speak, the Mirror reported.

Martin Townsend, editor of the Sunday Express, said: "Geoff Ho is an absolutely first-class reporter and a fine and decent man and our thoughts are with him and his family at this time."

British Prime Minister Theresa May warned there was "a new trend in the threat we face" and that while the three recent terror attacks in the UK were not linked by "common networks", they were "bound together by the single evil ideology of Islamic extremism".

Independent News Service

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