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17th Aug 2022

Elderly man stabbed to death on mobility scooter by gang of youths

Jack Peat

Police have issued an image of the knife man running from scene

An elderly man has been tragically stabbed to death while riding his mobility scooter in west London.

Thomas O’Halloran, 87, was attacked by a gang of youths on Cayton Road, Greenford near the A40.

It is the capital’s sixth homicide in just four days.

Frasley Coutinho, who lives opposite the murder scene, said: “I saw a couple of people gathering around him and then he drove past and stopped further up, and then there was a group of young boys around him.”

Locals also revealed that Mr O’Halloran was a musician who would often play his accordion to raise money for Ukrainian refugees. Hitesh Patel, 62, a shop owner at the nearby Greenford station, told the Standard: “He always had a Ukraine flag on the front of his basket. It said ‘Help for Ukraine’. He was a very good, kind man.

“I saw him just before he was killed heading up to the A40 on his scooter I was filling up with petrol but I wish I had said something. His wife was also always with him in her mobility scooter. He told me he was Irish and had three sons. It’s so sad. I can’t believe anyone would hurt him in broad daylight like that. We will miss him and his playing around here.”

Another local, Tony Paraskeba, 52, added: “It’s so sad. My son loved him. He would ask him to blow his horn on the scooter whenever he saw him and he would. He is so upset. Why would anyone hurt an old man?”

Simran Advani, 25, a senior property manager, said: “We always used to see him on his mobility scooter — he always used to smile, he was a nice old man…This is a very quiet area, you never hear any noise on this street. It’s scary for a man in his eighties to be killed here.”

Neighbours said Mr O’Halloran was affectionately known as “Uncle Tom” and had lived in Greenford since the Seventies. One neighbour said: “I’m really upset. He always used to say hello. I watched his boys grow up on the street.”

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