Mobility scooter murder suspect is charged: Man, 44, will appear in court today accused of stabbing to death beloved 87-year-old busker who had been raising cash for Ukraine war victims
A 44-year-old man was today charged with the murder of Thomas O’Halloran in Greenford, West London, who was stabbed to death while riding a mobility scooter.
Lee Byer, from nearby Southall, will appear at Willesden Magistrates’ Court today. Scotland Yard said the family of 87-year-old Mr O’Halloran have been informed.
Mr O’Halloran was often seen busking with a harmonica and accordion outside a Tesco store and South Greenford railway station, and raised money for Ukraine.
Tributes have poured in for the pensioner, who is said to have been a member of the Irish community in Ealing and was described as ‘well-liked and well-loved’.
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime Command are leading the investigation, and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death.
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Thomas O’Halloran, 87, was stabbed to death while riding a mobility scooter in West London
Mr O’Halloran’s mobility scooter with the Ukrainian flag’s colours, in Greenford on Tuesday
An aerial view of the scene in Greenford on Wednesday, where Mr O’Halloran was stabbed
Police asked anyone with footage of the incident to upload it using an online form by clicking here. If they have any other information about the murder, they can call the incident room on 020 8358 0300 quoting 4691/16AUG. Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111 or by clicking here